NFA/NPL judgement set for Wednesday

The judgement in the appeal by the Namibia Premier League (NPL) against the 08 November 2019 High Court ruling in favour of the FIFA Normalisation Committee at the Namibia Football Association (NFA), is expected to be delivered on Wednesday by the Supreme Court.

NPL Marketing Manager and Public Relations Officer Andre Gariseb confirmed to Nampa on Tuesday that the judgement will be handed down in the Supreme Court on Wednesday Morning at about 10h00.

A full bench of Supreme Court Judges of appeals comprising of Justice Elton Hoff, Justice Dave Smuts and Justice Theo Frank heard the appeal by the NPL in Windhoek on 05th February 2020 reserved the judgement to a date not later than 22nd of February 2020.

In the matter, the appeal hearing follows an urgent application that was filed by the NPL, who wanted to force the NC to reinstate them as a member following their suspension on 01 October 2019.

At the time, the NPL had alleged that it was suspended unlawfully by the NC and therefore sought the court's assistance to have the suspension lifted.

They also wanted the court to set aside the extra-ordinary congress which was planned for and took place on 09 November 2019 and instructed the NFA to provide them (NPL) with the rules and methods to be used to promote and relegate clubs to and from different NFA leagues for the 2019/20 season.

However, Acting High Court Judge Eileen Rakow threw out the case with costs on 08 November 2019, saying the courts have no jurisdiction over football matters.

The NPL's appeal was filed before the Supreme Court on 30 December 2019, after the clubs concluded that their case had not been properly heard by the High Court.

At the appeal hearing, the NC/NFA was represented by lawyer Sisa Namandje, while the NPL was represented by Advocate William Mokhare from South Africa.

Source: Namibia Press Agency