NFA Normalisation Committee puts NPL on arbitration notice

The Federation of International Football Federations (FIFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) has placed the Namibian Premier League (NPL) on arbitration notice after the latter failed to heed a directive to withdraw the proposed start of the 2019/20 football season.

In a letter dated 04 September from the NC Chairperson Hilda Basson-Namujembo, directed to the NPL Chairperson Patrick Kauta, the NC say's they are concerned by the league's silence on the issue related to relegation and promotion of teams for the 2019/20 season.

The NC wrote a letter to NPL saying the league must not go ahead and start with the 2019/20 season with 13 teams, while the NPL was adamant that they will resume with the later number of teams.

We note with concern that we have had no courtesy of a reply from the NPL Executive Committee (Exco) nor an undertaking from the NPL to comply with the NFA/NC directive (as endorsed by FIFA) within the stipulated time period dies, the letter read.

The letter goes on to say that by so doing, the NPL has breached Article 13 (2).

The NFA added that it will exercise to invoke the provisions of Article 13 (2) together with Articles 14 and 15 of the NFA Status without further notice if the league continues with its plans of starting the 2019/20 season with only 13 teams, instead of 16.

The NFA further states that the decision of not relegating or promoting any teams for the 2019/20 season is final, and hopes that the NPL, through its proposed Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on 11 September will observe this directive.

The NC further directs the NPL to recognise and allow all the 16 clubs to partake in the BoG and Annual Ordinary Meetings.

The NC and NPL have been on a collision course over differences on various issues related to the relegation and promotion of teams, as well as the outstanding issue of the demoted/relegated Young African team.

At the beginning of the year, NPL demoted/relegated Young African from the league after the latter pleaded guilty to registering a player illegally.

Then, at the 2018/19 season, NPL demoted two more teams, leaving the league with 13 teams, while the first divisions failed to play their matches due to shortages of funds.

This led to a standoff between the two football bodies with the NPL insisting on playing the league with 13 teams, while the NFA wants the league to have 16 teams.

Source: Namibia Press Agency