Stars Challenge NPL Ruling

African Stars will not play the remaining eight minutes of their abandoned Namibia Premier League match against Orlando Pirates on Monday, the club’s chairman Sidney Martin said on Sunday.

Stars’ match against Pirates on 16 April was abandoned eight minutes from time when the Sam Nujoma Stadium floodlights failed and the NPL subsequently ruled that the outstanding minutes of the match, which Pirates led 2-0, will have to be played on 6 May.

However Stars want the entire match replayed and are adamant that the NPL’s ruling is flawed. The league authorities management committee based their resolution on “NFA Rules and Regulations 10.6 and 10,12”.

Stars, who will on Monday submit an appeal with the NFA and NPL, are threatening to take legal action if the initial ruling is not revoked.

“We wish to inform all interested parties that this absolute disregard of Fifa’s Laws of the Game, which Laws of the Game was accepted and integrated to the Rules of the Namibia Football Association, will be challenged to the fullest extent,” a defiant Martin said in a statement.

“Law 7 of page 29 of the Laws of the Game 20132014, authorised by the International Football Association Board, states specifically ‘An abandoned match is replayed unless the competition rules provide otherwise.’

“The NFA rules do not cater for this specific situation and are specifically subject to Fifa’s Laws of the Game.

The NFA will be approached on a Notice of Appeal to rectify this unfortunate disregard of the Fifa Laws of the Game by the MTC Namibia Premier League,” said Martin.

Stars coach Woody Jacobs added that there was a conflict of interest since some of the NPL management committee members had vested interests in other NPL clubs.

“I think there was a conflict of interest, because if you look at the NPL’s management committee, they consist of people who are representing teams that have a stake in the league’s outcome. There is a million dollars at stake, so how can they make a decision of that nature,” he said.

“I think a reasonable leadership will say, let’s be fair because Fifa is all about fair play and let’s play the game over. We were not at our best that night, but maybe God will give us a second chance so that if Pirates beat us convincingly, then we will know that we are beaten. But the match in itself was never finished,” he concluded.

Source : The Namibian