'Stop misleading the public'

The dust is refusing to settle around the first division promotion/relegation saga.

02 July 2019 | Sports

Fifa normalisation committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo has warned people to stop disseminating false information.

This follows sensational claims from a source that Fifa has allegedly instructed the normalisation committee to halt first division promotions/relegations.

Basson, however, denied this, saying that the source was probably someone with an agenda to mislead the public.

“I am the person that Fifa is communicating with and I can confirm that nothing of that nature has been communicated to us. People must refrain from making such statements and fabricating information.

“We will provide our stance on the promotion/relegation issue once everything has been sorted out,” Basson-Namundjebo said.

The non-starting first division streams have created a ring of confusion around who will be promoted to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) for the upcoming season.

As things stand, the first division streams are yet to kick off and remain shrouded in uncertainty.

“I understand that Fifa has issued a letter towards the NFA calling for the normalising committee to stop the relegations and promotions,” the source claimed.

“At this moment a letter was apparently sent to the normalisation committee and they are expected to hold a press conference as soon as they are back from Afcon.”

The source also claimed there are allegedly no funds for the first division streams to kick off.

A taskforce, comprising of members the NPL and the normalisation committee was initially appointed to find workable ways for the relegations and promotions to take place by April. NPL CEO Harald Fulle and executive member Bony Paulino have been meeting with the normalisation committee to discuss the way forward.

Fulle said he was unaware of such a directive from Fifa to halt first division football.

“I do not know anything at the moment and I think the Fifa normalisation committee people will be the right people to speak to.

“Yes we did meet with the committee, but we were waiting for a directive from Fifa too,” Fulle said.

Orlando Pirates, Civics and Young African were all relegated to the first division at the end of the 2018/19 NPL season.

It is still remains unclear which teams will be promoted to the premier league, because the inactivity of the first division streams.

The latest claim regarding the promotion/relegation saga creates further confusion concerning the first division and the NPL.

The first division must consist of three streams, namely the Southern Stream First Division, Northwest Stream First Division and the North East Stream First Division.

The southern stream must consist of 12 clubs or the number of sides agreed by the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

The regions forming the southern stream are Khomas, Omaheke, Hardap, //Karas and Erongo.

The northwest stream must consist of 12 clubs or the number of clubs agreed by the NFA.

The regions forming the northwest stream are Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Oshana and Omusati.

The northeast stream is the only one allowed to have 13 clubs or the number of clubs agreed by the NFA. It comprises of the Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Kavango East and Zambezi regions.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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