Friday 23 April 2021
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Young African dismissed from the league

Gobabis-based outfit Young African have been chucked out the MTC/NPL Premier League after they were found guilty on account of using a player with false documentation.
This is contained in a statement issued by the NPL Disciplinary Committee yesterday.
The hearing took place on 05 December 2018.
The football body found the team from Omaheke guilty on two counts: fraud and the contravention of rule 52.4 of the Football Manual on Rules and Regulations.
At the heart of the fiasco is the allegation that the team used a player with doctored identity documentation.
The alleged fraud came to light last year when a team that was relegated to the first division at the end of last season complained to the NPL that Young African had registered Tapiwa Simon  Musekwa as Albert Mujikirera with a “tampered” Zimbabwean passport.
In the statement, the disciplinary committee stated that Young African FC unlawfully or intentionally made a misrepresentation to the NPL and or the Namibian Football Association (NFA) by registering a player with false identification details.
“In that on or about 21 April 2017 and during the 2017/2018 MTC Premiership Season and at Windhoek, Young African FC did unlawfully and internationally made a misrepresentation was made to the Namibian Premier League or alternatively the Namibian Football Association to other members of the Namibian Premier League,’’ reads the first charge verbatim.
Count two, which is based on the  contravention of Rule 52.4 of the NPL Football Manual on Rules and Regulations reads: “In that on or during the 2017/2018  MTC Premier League season at various football venues Young African FC did unlawfully and intentionally violated rule 52.4  of the NPL Football Manual on Rules and Regulations for corrupt, dishonest or unlawful practice in connection with matches played under auspices of the league or in connection with the affairs of the league that Young African utilized the service of the players who were eligible to play.”
During the disciplinary hearing, Young African FC is said to have admitted guilt to both counts in their submissions.
In the ruling delivered by the disciplinary committee handed down on the 21 January, the committee ordered that Young African be deducted points accrued from all matches that the player partook.
The points are to be shared among the opponents with whom they played against.
This will leave Young African with no points after being nullified and run straight to the bottom of the league.
“As Young African FC was ordered to forfeit the point for all the matches that the player played, the club have been relegated from the MTC/NPL Premier League with immediate effect,” further reads the statement.
The maiden Debmarine Cup champions were also fined a combined N$ 50 000, N$25 000 for each of their contraventions.
Efforts to get comment from the league’s chairman, Patrick Kauta proved futile as he couldn’t be reached on his mobile phone at the time of going to print.

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