NFA on autopilot

Fifa will very soon appoint a normalisation committee to run the affairs of Namibian football.

11 January 2019 | Sports

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is currently operating without any leadership, after the Fifa Council dismantled the executive committee in December.

The decision by Fifa to dismantle the NFA executive was prompted by the fact that the committee kept postponing elections, while their terms of office had come to an end.

The infighting between NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro and president Frans Mbidi, coupled with allegations of the mismanagement of funds, also gave Fifa further reasons to make the decision.

Matters at the NFA are at a standstill, given that that there is no one to take care of its affairs.

The world football governing body has now issued a letter stating that it has decided to appoint a normalisation committee, but only after consultations with the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

In accordance with article 8 and 14 of the Fifa statutes, the appointed committee will run the NFA until 31 May.

“The bureau of the council decided on 8 January 2019 to appoint a normalisation committee for the NFA.

“Its mandate is to run NFA's daily affairs, to ensure that the members of the NFA, whose executive committees are out of mandate, organise and conduct an election.

“Once the elections have been held at member level, to organise and conduct elections of a new NFA executive committee (sic),” the letter reads.

The committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by the Fifa administration, in consultation with CAF and the relevant local stake holders.

Fifa noted that while the identified persons will assume their duties with immediate effect, all members of the normalisation committee are required to pass an eligibility check to be carried out by Fifa.

“The normalisation committee will also act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in elections under any circumstances, including in the event of time during which the normalisation committee has been revoked (sic).”

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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