More dark days ahead

The Namibia Premier League (NPL) and Fifa normalisation committee's court battle is far from over and is likely heading to the Supreme Court.

14 November 2019 | Sports

The Fifa normalisation committee says it still has to consult its lawyers before making a decision on the way forward for the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

This is after the committee received a letter from the league in which it said it will appeal last Friday's High Court ruling regarding the lifting of its suspension from the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

The High Court dismissed the NPL's application in which it sought to be reinstated. The league had also unsuccessfully sought to stop this past weekend's NFA extraordinary congress from taking place.

“I can tell you now that they intend to appeal and we have to consult our lawyers to look at the way forward.

“As a committee we had a meeting on Tuesday on the way forward, but all this is a bit complicated, and that is why we will need legal guidance from our lawyers,” Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson Namundjebo said yesterday.

The NPL filed an urgent application in the High Court in an attempt to be reinstated to the NFA, which is currently being run by the Fifa normalisation committee. It also wanted to stop the NFA extraordinary congress that went ahead on Saturday, after it emerged that the NPL suspension was not an agenda item.

The NPL further demanded in the High Court that the normalisation committee provide it with rules for promotion and relegation for the 2019/20 football season within two days of a court order.

The case was, however, dismissed in the High Court after the league's representative failed to prove their case in front of Acting Judge Eileen Rakow.

This resulted in the normalisation committee continuing with its planned extraordinary congress.

In its letter informing the normalisation committee of its intention to appeal the High Court decision, the NPL said: “Kindly take notice that unless we hear otherwise from you on Monday, 11 November 2019, the record will constitute simply of notice of motion, founding affidavit, answering affidavit and replying affidavit together with their annexures in terms of rule 11 (10) of the Supreme Court rules.”

NPL spokesperson Andre Gariseb said yesterday: “This is a legal matter and I believe that the only people to speak to about these issues are our lawyers.”

Namibian Sun could not get hold of any of the NPL legal representatives before going to print.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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