Royal mess

The NSC says it is not in a position to constitute an appeals committee to facilitate an arbitration process between the NPL and the Fifa normalisation committee.

15 August 2019 | Sports

Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) acting chief administrator Salome Iyambo says they cannot get involved in the dispute between the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA), which is currently being run by the Fifa normalisation committee (NC).

Iyambo, who is acting for Freddy Mwiya while he is absent from office, said it's not up to them to declare or make a decision on the way forward regarding NPL promotions and relegations, which were scrapped by Fifa.

She said they can give advice on the next step, which is for NPL to seek consultations with sports minister Erastus Uutoni, who can then appoint an appeals committee to listen to their grievances.

The decision by Fifa is that no NPL clubs should be relegated, because the country's first division streams are inactive.

However, the NPL is not heeding this call and has announced a 2019/20 fixtures list with 13 clubs, which will kick off next month.

The NPL has pronounced itself on the start date of the league, despite the fact that Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo has warned it is acting beyond its mandate.

Basson-Namundjebo said the NPL is not the mother body of local football and thus cannot pronounce itself on the kickoff date, as this is the current job of the Fifa normalisation committee.

She further instructed the NPL to acquaint itself with the NFA constitution and statutes, and to do things accordingly.

“You do not have the prerogative to announce yourself on the league kickoff. We are busy finalising the dates and want the premier league as well as the first and second divisions to start collectively,” Basson-Namundjebo said on Tuesday.

She is backed by an NFA statute, which states that the premier league should consist of 16 clubs.

In addition it states that any matter relating to the promotion or relegation of a club to or from one league to another, and for which no provision is made, shall be decided by the executive committee of the association, whose decision shall be final.

Also, no member of a league shall amend or change the format of the promotion or relegation of clubs, as contained in the NFA regulations.

Furthermore, a member or league that contravenes the provisions of the rules, commits an act of misconduct.

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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