Fifa Warns NFA As MTC Fumes At NPL

The Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) has reportedly ordered the Namibia Football Association to speedily resolve the dispute that has left the conclusion of country’s top division in turmoil.

The NFA have been instructed by international football’s governing body to call African Stars to order or face the consequences, The Namibian Sport has learnt from a well-placed source.

Stars have taken the NFA and the MTC Namibia Premier League to court to avoid playing eight minutes of their abandoned match against Orlando Pirates.

The club’s application to the High Court is said to have put Fifa on high alert, given the world football governing body’s stance against the involvement of outside parties in football disputes.

Stars’ third application to have the entire match, which was abandoned due to a power outage at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 16 April, replayed is set to be heard on Thursday or on Friday.

“Fifa is not happy with the situation and has told the NFA to rein in African Stars or else they’ll boot the NFA,” the source said.

“They [Fifa] are not happy with Stars going to court. They will respect the court process but will expect the NFA to take a firm stance against Stars for bringing football into disrepute. This could include a suspension, or a hefty fine plus points deductions in the coming season,” the source added.

Both the NPL and NFA have opted to remain mum over the feud, with only African Stars repeatedly voicing their intentions of dragging the dispute on until their demand is met.

Meanwhile the NPL’s sole sponsors MTC are said to be fed up with the situation and have also demanded that the league gets its affairs in order.

A high-placed MTC official confirmed this to The Namibian Sport on Tuesday that the telecommunications firm is in the dark about developments in the dispute, which has indefinitely put the crowning of the league champions on hold.

The uncertainty brought upon by the disagreement, also means that the season-ending MTC NPL awards ceremony might not take place on Saturday as scheduled.

Furthermore, the current turmoil is said to be testing MTC’s patience with regard to honouring their long-term commitment to the domestic football body.

“The NPL should sort out this mess on their own. MTC is not going to get involved. This is embarrassing and unprofessional,” the official said.

Source : The Namibian