African Stars win appeal against ban
27 Aug 2014 22:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 AUG (NAMPA) - The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Appeals Committee has ruled in favour of African Stars' appeal against its suspension from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
On 14 August 2014, African Stars filed an appeal with the NFA against its suspension from the premier league by the NPL's Extra-Ordinary General Assembly Meeting last month.
African Stars' petition was also against the suspension of its Chairperson Sydney Martin and Director Clinton Dauti from all NPL-related activities for two years.
A three-men Appeals Committee, chaired by lawyer Clement Daniels delivered their verdict on Wednesday, ruling that the NPL's move to suspend African Stars from the league and fine the popular Katutura-based team N.dollars 200,000 for bringing local football into disrepute has been set aside in its totality.
This means that African Stars' appeal was upheld and the NPL's decisions regarding this matter have been nullified completely.
However, no cost order was made in the ruling.
This decision of the Appeals Committee was reportedly based on the finding that the NPL has no legal power to suspend a team. Such a decision can only be made by the NFA Congress.
Also, the committee found that African Stars were never granted a fair disciplinary hearing in this matter. Such disciplinary hearing must be held in compliance with the rules of natural justice.
African Stars FC were represented by Windhoek lawyer Patrick Kauta, while Johan du Plessis represented Martin and Dauti. The NPL's lawyer was Clysken Makando.