Friday 14 May 2021
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NFA/NPL relegation saga raises some eyes brows

……As new NFA leaders busy with turn around strategy


Despite the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s rules governing method of relegation and promotion clearly stating that club ending in the position fourteen (14), fifteen (15) and sixteen (16) on the final log standing, be automatically relegated, there seems to be no clear answer from the new FIFA/NFA Normalisation Committee on whether the same relegation and promotion process will apply this season  after Young African football was demoted, which leaves the league with 15 clubs than the usual 16 clubs.
The previous NFA’s Executive Committee spearheaded by former president Frans Mbidi made the decision for the 2017/2018 soccer season on the 6th February 2017, therefore the association made the following rule (One) relegation of clubs from any given league.
l.l Namibia Premier League (NPL).
l.l.l This league shall consist of no more than sixteen (16) clubs.
The club which at the end of the 2017 soccer season, is placed number fourteen (14), fifteen (15) and sixteen (16) on the final log standing of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) shall be automatically relegate- to the league below the NPL, which is one of the three streams of the NWFD, which shall have jurisdiction over the club relegated in terms of this Rule.
The demotion of Young African means that the clubs that finishes in thirteen (13), fourteen (14) and fifteen (15) places will be relegated to the first division, which raises some eye brows as the club that finishes in 13th place at the end of the season could use the NFA’s  rules governing method of relegation and promotion.
However, Young African on 19 February launched an urgent application with the High Court demanding that the club be restored back into the league until internal remedial structures are set up by the NFA, which is the NPL’s mother body.
Young African was found guilty by the league’s Disciplinary Committee for registering and using Zimbabwean import Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa with fake identity documents last season and the club was consequently demoted from the league and additionally received a N$50 000 fine.
When asked to comment regarding the relegation matter as stipulated in the NFA’s structure, vice-president of the NFA’s normalization committee, Franco Cosmos referred this reporter to Titus  Kunamuene, who is the Futsal coordinator at the association.
Kunamuene however said that he is not aware of the rules specifying that the team ending in 14, 15 and 16 places will be automatically relegated, but only teams that finish in the bottom three at the end of the season.
“I am not aware of that. We do send to all clubs (relegation and promotion memo) before the start of the season,” Kunamuene said.
In January, chairman of the NPL, Patrick Kauta, who is also chairman of African Stars side that signed up Musekiwa from Young African told journalists that three clubs will be relegated this season, meaning that the bottom three teams in exemption of Young African that were demoted will be relegated.
“Three clubs will be relegated and three from the first division will be promoted. Young African is not relegated but demoted,” Kauta said.
The search for the new Secretary-general of the NFA continues after out-of-contract secretary-general of the association, Barry Rukoro was removed from the premises of the association last week.
“On the issue of the SG appointment, it will be announced to the media and the entire nation once a candidate is appointed and bear with us as we are still busy with the recruitment process.
Remember we are just over a week and two days in the office,” Cosmos said.

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