Stars-NPL verdict on 27 August

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Appeals’ Committee will on 27 August 2014 present the verdict on African Stars Football Club’s appeal against its exclusion from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

African Stars, on Thursday last week, filed an appeal with the NFA against its suspension from the NPL, as well as the suspension of its chairperson Sydney Martin and director Clinton Dauti for two years.

The NFA said in a statement availed to Nampa on Saturday, its Appeals’ Committee heard arguments on Saturday from African Stars’ lawyer Patrick Kauta, and Johan du Plessis representing Martin and Dauti, as well as lawyer Clysken Makando for the NPL.

The hearing took place at Football House in Katutura before a three-member Appeals’ Committee chaired by Attorney Clement Daniels, who is also Namibian Media Ombudsman.

The NFA refused to name the other members of that committee to avoid them being possibly victimised or intimidated.

Announcing the club’s expulsion on 25 July 2014, NPL chairperson Johnny Doeseb said the NPL deemed African Stars to “have brought the game of football into disrepute”.

Doeseb said at the time that in accordance with the NPL Constitution Article 10, an extra ordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) was convened to decide on the matter of African Stars which was charged with contravening the provisions of the NPL Constitution Article 25.1.

Ten NPL clubs voted by way of secret ballot for the expulsion during that extra-ordinary AGM held on 24 July 2014.

This follows two court cases lodged by African Stars against the NFA, NPL and its 11 other members.

That meeting imposed the following sanctions on African Stars and its officials:

1. Cancellation of the membership of African Stars with immediate effect for two full football seasons from the NPL and all activities under the jurisdiction of NPL. The football seasons referred to are the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

2. A fine of N.dollars 200 000 is imposed on African Stars. The fine shall be payable in two instalments, with the first payable on or before 15 August 2014, and the final one on or before 15 September 2014.