21 Jun 2014 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) The case involving the Namibia Premier League (NPL), Namibia Football Association (NFA), and local team African Stars has been postponed to next Thursday.
The squabble which led to the court case emanates from the abandonment of the game between African Stars and Orlando Pirate after the lights at the Sam Nujoma Stadium went out on 16 April this year.
At the time, there were only eight minutes of play left on the clock, and Pirates were leading by 2-0.
The case was postponed in order to allow the lawyers representing the two parties (NFA and NPL) to file their answering affidavit indicating that they received communication from African Stars with regards to their appeal before the registrar of the high court before Wednesday next week.
On Thursday this week, Namibian High Court Acting Judge Petrus Unengu postponed the matter to next week as per agreement reached between the parties involved in the matter.
The first respondent (NFA) and second respondent (NPL) are being ordered to file their answering papers before the end of the business day on 25 June.
The applicant said in the event that the court finds that it does not have the jurisdiction to determine any disputes arising from the abandoned match, an order should be issued directing the NFA and the NPL to do everything necessary for the dispute to be determined either in terms of NFA Rule 39 or Article 61 of the NFA statutes.
African Stars also want an order reviewing and setting aside the 31 May decision of the NFAs appeal committee - consisting of attorney Clement Daniels, attorney Edwin Coetzee and Johan Madimba - which had turned down the appeal. Unengu granted that appeal on Thursday, pending a hearing.
The other respondents in the matter are the other 11 teams in the NPL and the appeal committee members - Daniels, Coetzee and Madimba.
The NPL ordered African Stars and Pirates to replay the remaining eight minutes of the abandoned match on 06 May, but African Stars refused and brought a court interdict to the field to stop the replay of the remaining minutes on match day.
Speaking to Nampa after the court hearing, African Stars chairman Sydney Martin told this agency he was happy with the court order, as it is a normal procedure for the court to make provision for the respondent to file the response.
African Stars is being represented by local lawyer John-Paul Jones.
Advocate Steve Rukoro is appearing for the NPL.