New Era

NFA asks for extension as NPL replies to CEP

- ■ Otniel Hembapu

BOTH the Namibia Football Associatio­n (NFA) and the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) have until Wednesday to respond to the various recommenda­tions made to them by the Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP), and one party has since responded while one has asked for an extension.

Chairperso­n of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Joel Matheus yesterday confirmed to New Era Sport that so far only the NPL managed to meet the deadline of Wednesday, 18 November, in comprehens­ively responding to the various recommenda­tions made by the CEP and that the NFA has requested for an extension to the deadline.

“I can confirm that so far only the NPL submitted their response to the CEP on Wednesday, which was the deadline. But we have been in touch with the NFA and they requested an extension to the deadline and we agreed to give them an extension. They (NFA) promised to submit their reply to the CEP recommenda­tions by early next week. So we are confident and hopeful the NFA will reply by next week as discussed,” said Matheus.

He added that he was impressed with the cooperatio­n given by both the NFA and NPL towards the work of the CEP and further expressed confidence that both parties will find a positive closure to the protracted stalemate and finally see the return of local football and the restoratio­n of the harmonious relationsh­ip between the two entities.

Regarding the NPL, the CEP said the league should consider withdrawin­g their case filed with the Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport (CAS) to allow for peace and give dialogue a chance. CEP also recommende­d that the NPL should consider deregister­ing the section 21 profession­al league and in addition, commit to fully subordinat­e themselves to the statutes and leadership of the NFA as the sole regulator of all forms of football in Namibia.

The CEP also recommende­d that the NPL reviews its statutes and all members/clubs to have an equal say and participat­ion in decision-making as it appears that only the league’s executive committee makes all the decisions, with little participat­ion from the Board of Governors (BoG).

Among the many recommenda­tions, the CEP further recommende­d that the NPL and NFA should formalise their relationsh­ip by way of a memorandum of agreement or licensing agreement for the running of the premier and first division leagues.

Meanwhile, regarding the NFA the CEP advised that there is no need for the NFA to start another top tier league and there is equally no need for the NPL to move ahead with its section 21 profession­al league, as there is still room for both entities to mend their relationsh­ip, if both are willing to compromise for the greater good of Namibian football.

The CEP also found that the NFA’s executive committee and congress prematurel­y suspended ended and then subsequent­ly expelled the NPL without having given the league an opportunit­y to state its case, which is against all principles of natural justice.

CEP further found that the NFA did not have any legal organs in place to help remedy the situation between the two bodies and that further compounded the football impasse.

The CEP also asked the thhe NFA to clarify the disciplina­ry procedure when a member or affiliate is found wanting. The committee suggested that the NFA should consider amending Article 15 or add provisions that clearly indicate what happens when such a member (NPL) is suspended/ expelled and cannot conduct any football business. CEP also referred the NFA to a similar case between the Namibia Rugby Union on a and its affiliate Namibia Rugby Limited, where all stakeholde­rs keho involved in the fights were reconciled through talks, rather than in court.

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NPL chairman Patrick Kauta
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NFA president Ranga Haikali

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