Read the constitution - Basson-Namundjebo

Premier League relegation woes are jeopardising the resumption of the league next month.

14 August 2019 | Sports

The chairperson of the Fifa NC, Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, has appealed to the NPL heads to read their constitution and the statutes before making decisions in future.

Basson-Namundjebo was referring to an announcement made by the Namibia Premier League (NPL) chief executive officer, Harald Fuller, that the domestic league would start on the weekend of 13 September.

The NPL has also announced that it will go ahead and start the league with 13 clubs, thus cutting out clubs that ended in the last three spots on the table. These clubs are Civics, Orlando Pirates and the demoted Young African.

This even after Fifa gave clear instructions through the NC that there should be no relegations and promotions.

The NPL has taken a step further by asking the Namibia Sports Commission's Appeals Committee to look into the relegation and promotion issue before they start the league in September

Basson-Namundjebo stated that the NPL executive does not have the mandate to pronounce themselves on when the 2019/20 NPL season will start, as well as the first and second division kick-off.

That is the responsibility of the NFA, which at the moment is being taken care of by the NC.

“They don't have the prerogative to pronounce themselves on that. They must read their constitution and statutes and not try to cause chaos.

“They are announcing when the premier league will start, but then trying to shift the kick-off of the lower leagues responsibility to the NC.

“We are busying finalising those dates because we want all the three leagues to start collectively because, we don't want to sit with a scenario were one league doesn't start because there was no planning done,” Basson-Namundjebo stressed.

She further asked the NPL why they want to continuously entertain football chaos.

“There are still issues pending like the Young African case, seems like the NPL does not care about resolving pending issues before properly kicking off the league.”

“They need to read and know what they need to do,” she stressed.

Article 2 of the NFA Statutes reads that the objectives of the NFA are: to organise competitions in association football in all its forms at a national level, by defining precisely as required, the areas of authority conceded to the various leagues of which it is composed and to draw up regulations and provisions and ensure their enforcement.

Fuller however insisted that they are not in the wrong and will go ahead to start the league on the date proposed.

“You can quote the constitution or the statutes but we have 13 teams and will go ahead with the decision to start the ball rolling,” he said.

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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