Clubs pull plug on NPL

14 October 2020 | Sports

Limba Mupetami


Affairs in domestic football league structures have taken another nosedive with 10 clubs announcing yesterday that they are pulling out of the Namibia Premier League (NPL), which according to them, does not exist.

The clubs - Black Africa, Blue Waters, Citizens, Civics, Julinho Sporting, Mighty Gunners, Orlando Pirates, Tigers, Young African and Young Brazilians – resolved to exit the league at a press conference, held at Palm Hotel in Windhoek, last night.

The clubs will only associate with the Namibia Football Association's (NFA) envisioned top-tier league, they said.

Represented by Lukas Nanyemba, the clubs said they received notice that their registration with the top-tier league has been successful, and that they cannot affiliate with any other league.

Only one boss in town

In a letter seen by Namibian Sun, the acting secretary-general of NFA, Franco Cosmos, advised clubs to acquaint themselves with Article 13.1 (i) of the NFA statutes, which states that clubs may not maintain any relations of a sporting nature with entities that are not recognised or members that have been suspended or expelled.

With the clubs having been admitted to the league, the mother body secretariat will now make sure that the top-tier league is also provisionally admitted to the NFA at an executive committee meeting, scheduled for 24 October.

Full admission will then be completed on 5 December at an annual ordinary meeting.

No word

The NPL's expelled chairperson Patrick Kauta couldn't answer any questions regarding the happenings, or what the process around clubs exiting the league involved.

He said he didn't receive any letter from the 10 clubs. Young African's Maleagi Ngarizemo said they sent a letter of resignation to NPL's Tovey Hoeseb, as they cannot engage Kauta. “We cannot engage with someone who has been banned from football,” he said.

Way forward

Meanwhile, football fans await the outcome of recommendations by a six-member mediator committee appointed to normalise the deteriorating situation of Namibian football. The committee was appointed on 3 October on a one-month timeline to restore local football.

They still haven't done this, however, with Fifa saying it does not recognise the committee.

The football governing body added that the committee is interfering in football matters.

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