17 Nov 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 NOV (NAMPA) The ruling in the case between the Namibia Football Players Union (NFPU) and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) is expected on 25 November following a conciliatory discussion at the Labour Court on Wednesday.
Speaking at a media conference here Thursday, secretary-general of the union, Olson Kahiriri, was confident that his organisation will come out as the winner.
We presented our case to the arbitrator with all the facts, but we were surprised to hear the secretary-general (SG) of the NFA, Barry Rukoro, saying they do not know who we are, said Kahiriri.
This is contrary to the fact that in 2012, a NFA executive meeting in Walvis Bay recognised the NFPU as the sole bargaining agent of all football players in Namibia, he noted.
Kahiriri said after that meeting the SG wrote a letter to the union acknowledging it as the sole bargaining agent, a letter which he presented to the labour arbitrator as evidence.
Are they not the ones who accepted NFPU as a member after we applied to them? Because we have now resigned, we no longer exist? asked Kahiriri.
The union resigned as a member of the NFA in May this year because it did not want to be constrained by the associations rules.
He urged all stakeholders to come together and solve issues related to football while encouraging football administrators to take responsibility of mistakes in the past.
NFA President Frans Mbidi told Nampa after the conference that at no point did the association deny the unions existence.
We just pointed out to them that there are steps to be taken when one resigns from an organisation like the NFA. When you are a member you have rights and obligations, but when you resign, these rights and obligations fall away, said Mbidi.
The two organisations need to redefine their relationship since the old relationship was terminated, he added.
The NFPU took the NFA to the Labour Court in October this year on various charges, including continued ill treatment of NFPU by the football mother body; failure by the NFA to establish a players status committee as per the international football bodys Regulations on Status and Transfer of Players, and Dispute Resolution Chamber; and failure by the NFA to establish regulations that protect contractual stability and pay due respect to mandatory national laws enshrined in FIFA regulations.