Young African case struck off the roll again

12 March 2019 | Sports

The High Court yesterday struck an application launched by Gobabis-based Young African from the roll with costs due to technicalities.

This was the second time as the matter was struck for lack of urgency less than a month ago.

Young African boss Marley Ngarizemo said he will from now on deal with the NFA normalisation committee.

“There is no way I will say I am happy with the judge; she said yesterday she went through the document and she said the motion was not updated, but yet today she struck the case.

“As a club we had a meeting and we took the decision that we will draft a motion to withdraw.

“We are not hurt by it and we welcome the decision and we hope that justice will still prevail in this matter,” Ngarizemo said.

Young African were found guilty by the Namibia Premier League's disciplinary committee of registering Zimbabwean player Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa with a fake identity document last season.

This resulted in the club being demoted from the league, and additionally receiving a N$50 000 fine, after Ngarizemo pleaded guilty in front of the disciplinary committee.

The club is, however, asking that they be granted full NPL status and rights, while the Namibia Football Association (NFA) re-establishes its judicial structures.

On 30 January, Young African lodged an appeal with the NFA appeals committee.

Their appeal, however, fell on deaf ears after former NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro wrote a letter to Young African indicating that the NFA has no structures, and suggested that the club skip the internal remedy and lodge a direct appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

It was for this reason that Young African decided to take the matter to the High Court, given the absence of judicial structures in the country's football governing body.

“I can also confirm that we have received positive news from the normalisation committee and we will take the matter up with them.

“All I can say is that we are not hurt by the (court) decision,” Ngarizemo added.



Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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