13 Dec 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) The Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) is convinced that the agreement between the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) and the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) will bring about improvements in local football.
At a media conference held here on Wednesday, Nafpu Secretary-General Olsen Kahiriri said the agreement is a stepping stone towards the local unions eternal recognition globally.
Gone are the days when we run around seeking for recognition, he said.
The Fifa-FIFPro agreement is a six-year cooperation agreement that was signed on 06 November 2017 with the aim of strengthening relationships between the two organisations and improve the governance of professional football worldwide.
With the signing of this agreement and the Universal Declaration of Player Rights, as adopted by the executive committee of the World Players Association, we are determined that we will protect the fundamental rights of all players in Namibia, said Kahiriri.
Kahiriri added that as a member of FIFPro, the union is excited and determined to achieve its set objectives with ease.
He again stressed the need for the establishment of a national dispute resolution chamber that will be tasked with the sole mandate of resolving differences between clubs, unions and sports associations.
Some countries have this chamber that deals with issues of disputes in sports and it is about time we do the same, he added.
The World Players Association, formally established on 05 December 2014, brings together 85 000 players across professional sports through more than 100 player associations in over 60 countries.
The Universal Declaration of Player Rights was adopted by the executive committee of the World Players Association in France on 07 April 2017. This declaration contains 17 articles which, among others, state that every player has the right to a sporting environment that is well governed, free of corruption, manipulation and cheating and which protects, respects and guarantees the fundamental human rights of everyone involved in or affected by sport, including the player.
It also states that every player has the right to the free choice of employment, and to move freely in pursuit of that employment; and that every player has the right to organise and collectively bargain.