NFA suspends Premier League

The NFA Normalisation Committee on Wednesday afternoon suspended the Namibia Premier League (NPL) for bringing football into disrepute.

Normalisation Committee Chairperson Hilda Basson- Namundjebo states that during a meeting on 1st October 2019, the NFA Normalisation Committee appointed by FIFA resolved to suspend the Namibia Premier League in view of its persistent and continued disregard and violation of directives, issued by the Namibia Football Association.

The suspension is effective immediately, from 2nd October 2019 and is enforced under the NFA Statutes cited in Article 14. 1 which reads The Executive Committee may, however, suspend a member or a member of a member that seriously violated its obligations as a member with immediate effect. The suspension shall last until the next Congress, unless the Executive Committee has lifted it in the meantime.

The NFA Manual on Rules and Regulations, reiterate that according to Rule 3 of the Namibia Football Association under 3.1.1 that the Premier League will consist of sixteen (16) or any other number of clubs as decided by the NFA Executive.

The directive was highlighted in a letter dated 27 June 2019 in referring to Article 9 ( Principle of promotion and relegation ) of the regulation governing the application of the FIFA statutes which highlights the need for sporting merit when determining a club's participation in a league as far as it relates to the promotion and relegation of clubs. This must be the guiding principle, Basson-Namundjebo states.

Basson-Namundjebo adds that , again, FIFA on 21 August 2019, in a letter from the Deputy Secretary General of Administration stated that, ignoring decisions from the NFA would leave the NPL vulnerable to potential sanctions as foreseen in Article 13 par. 2 of the NFA Statutes.

These articles state that members must comply fully with statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, COSAFA and the NFA at all times and to ensure that these are respected by its members.

The NPL is duly notified that as a consequence of this suspension, it's membership rights are lost as stipulated by Article 14.3 and that as a consequence are to have no sporting contact with any NFA members.

Source: Namibia Football Association (NFA)