'Player fraud' rocks Young African

07 November 2018 | Sports

The Namibia Premier League (NPL) executive committee met last night to determine the fate of Young African in the top-flight.

Legal practitioner and NPL prosecutor Kadhila Amoomo has recommended that the club be suspended for allegedly using a Zimbabwean player in their team last season, who allegedly played under a false name.

“In view of the seriousness of these allegations, especially with regard to the possible consequences, and in view of the fact that the league will commence on 9 November, it is hereby recommended that Young African and Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa be suspended and barred from participating in the league,” a statement released yesterday by Amoomo said. NPL CEO Patrick Kauta confirmed the recommendation, but did not provide any further details, given that the executive was set to meet late last night to discuss the club's fate.

“Yes I can confirm that the NPL prosecutor has made recommendations, but a final decision will only be taken at the executive committee meeting,” Kauta said.

The alleged fraud was exposed last week when Young Chiefs, who were relegated to the first division at the end of last season, submitted a complaint to the NPL in which they alleged that Young African registered Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa as Albert Mujikirera, by using an altered Zimbabwean passport.

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement also asked fired Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi, who Fifa and the Namibian Sports Commission still recognise as the incumbent, to look into the Young African saga, among other issues.

They also claimed earlier this week that a Zimbabwean footballer had played for Young African using a forged passport, with a false name.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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