Nafpu plays hide and seek with debtor
The Namibia Football Players Union has found itself in hot water after the High Court ordered the deputy-sheriff to auction the union's assets.
20 May 2020 | Sports
The Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) has failed to pay its former secretary-general Olsen Kahiriri outstanding salaries amounting to N$111 000, Namibian Sun has established.
This is after Kahiriri, who was dismissed last year, filed a case with the labour commissioner for outstanding payments. He won the case. The players union has however since failed to remunerate Kahiriri, leading to an order to auction its properties to pay the former secretary-general.
Hide and seek
The High Court, in a letter dated 10 February, requested the deputy-sheriff to auction the union's assets to the sum of N$121 995.
Kahiriri however revealed that no settlement has been reached as the sheriff's office has struggled to gain entrance to the Nafpu premises, which have remained closed.
“The players union leaders are nowhere to be found as we speak and they have locked all their offices. “I have not been paid yet and I do not even know if they will ever settle these amounts,” Kahiriri said.
N$10k in bank account
It is also alleged that the deputy-sheriff has discovered that Nafpu only has N$10 000 in its bank account. “I was only paid N$10 000 from the outstanding N$121 995 because it is all that was in the union account.“I do not know what happened to the rest of the money because I also understand that when the union gave their invoices to Fifpro [the global footballers representative organisation], my amount was listed but it never reached me,” Kahiriri said.
Namibian Sun further understands that Nafpu allegedly lodged an appeal against the decision to remunerate Kahiriri. Kahiriri however contested the appeal. “Nafpu president Sylvester Goraseb was on record during the arbitration admitting that Nafpu was indeed indebted to my services,” Kahiriri fumed.
In lawyers' hands
Goraseb dismissed most of Kahiriri's claims but refused to dwell on the topic, saying their lawyers are dealing with case. “We are not shaken by anything Kahiriri is trying to do because the matter is in the hands of our lawyers.
“We offered him another proposal but he did not want, we will therefore wait on the advice we get from the legal experts.”
Goraseb added that Nafpu is focused on the positives and has engaged the Namibia Football Association on how to work together for a better future.