Pirates, Stars Outcome Still Unresolved

Orlando Pirates were awarded the points of their cancelled match against African Stars, but Stars are contesting the outcome after issuing the match officials with a high court order.

Pirates and Stars’ Round 18 encounter, which was supposed to be replayed on Tuesday night, never took place as Stars’ players walked off the field just before kickoff, while a lawyer representing Stars handed a high court order to the match commissioner.

In terms of the court order, the NPL and NFA are to appear in court on 20 May to show cause as to why the match should be stopped and why Stars’ appeal should be heard by the NFA.

There was drama before the supposed kickoff when the floodlights once again went off but they returned after a while.

A few minutes before kickoff, Orlando Pirates and the match officials entered the field of play while Stars, who were training on the field, walked off at the same time.

Stars never returned and in stead a lawyer representing the team handed the court order to the fourth match official just before kickoff.

The chief administrator of the Namibia Premier League, Tovey Hoebeb had earlier reiterated that the final eight minutes of the match would be replayed and that if Stars did not turn up they would ‘face the consequences.’

“The match will proceed as scheduled and the remaining minutes will be played. The party that does not show up will have to face the consequences,” Hoebeb said prior to the scheduled match.

“African Stars submitted their appeal against the match taking place with the NFA and we don’t know the contents of the appeal, while the NFA have not approached us regarding this matter,” he added.

As it stands now, the points were awarded to Orlando Pirates who won the match 2-0. Pirates have now moved up to second place on the log on 37 points, behind Black Africa who are on 42 points. African Stars are third on 36 points.

Source : The Namibian