CAF slaps eight-year football ban on Ndjadila

25 Jan 2017 15:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) - Former Namibian Football Association (NFA) referee Edwardt 'Boy-Boy' Ndjadila has been suspended from all forms of football activities for the next eight years by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The high-profile Namibian referee official was implicated in match fixing during a crucial CAF Club Champions League game between Angolan outfit Kabuscorp de Palanca and El Merreikh of Sudan in Luanda on 04 April 2015.
The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) on 27 September 2016 confirmed the worldwide extension of a sanction imposed on Ndjadila by CAF's Disciplinary Board on 03 February 2016, relating to an act of corruption in the framework of the CAF Champions League 2015.
Ndjadila, a former NFA referee manager, pocketed N.dollars 300 500 from the Angolan outfit to manipulate results of their return leg with El Merreikh in their favour.
Ndjadila was promised US$60 000 (about N.dollars 800 000) with half the amount to be paid upfront and the rest after the match if the host team win the game 3-0.
However, the Angolans won 2-1. El Merreikh won the first leg 2-0 and as a result won 3 – 2 on aggregate.
With results not going their way the Angolan team officials laid a fraud charge against Ndjadila and another Namibian match official Jackson Pavaza.
Pavaza was the referee and he was assisted by Isaskar Boois and Christof Alfred Vries (both from Namibia).
The issue was then brought under the attention of CAF officials, who summoned the accused to stand trial on 24 May that year.
Speaking to Nampa recently, NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro said they have received communication from CAF, but it is a sensitive matter for the association to comment on.
Ndjadila told Nampa earlier this month he could not confirm nor deny the suspension by CAF.
“I just came back from holiday and I haven’t heard anything from the NFA because all I know is I am still with the NFA and I’m still waiting for the final verdict from CAF,” said Ndjadila.