Tigers issue finally resolved, judgement embargoed

13 Mar 2018 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has finalised the issue of Tigers Football Club failing to honour their first two league matches of the 2017/18 season against University of Namibia (UNAM) and Citizens.
NPL Chairperson, Patrick Kauta revealed during the league’s weekly media engagement at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday that the issue was resolved at a board of governors meeting held on 09 March.
“The letter to Tigers and the affected clubs is only going out today, so it is only fair that the affected clubs learn of the decision first. I therefore cannot reveal the judgement now,” Kauta said.
Kauta said initially the case was set to be heard by the NPL disciplinary committee, but the prosecutor withdrew the charges and referred the matter back to the executive.
The chairperson said as executives, they had to deliberate on three issues pertaining to whether the matches were properly scheduled, whether they were abandoned, or forfeited.
“The following were the conclusion for these three questions. We said the matches were properly scheduled. No, the matches were not abandoned and yes, the matches were forfeited,” Kauta said.
The league chairperson said they came to the above decisions by following the International Federation of Association Football laws of the game.
He added that by making a decision following the rules, they are ready for the public backlash because a decision by the executive in either way would be criticised.
Tigers had reportedly attributed their failure to honour the two matches to improper planning from the NPL.
Representatives from Tigers could not be reached for comment on whether they had received the league’s ruling on the matter or not.
Citizens’ Chairperson David Goagoseb said they had not received any official communication from the league regarding the matter.
“The only thing I know is that the prosecutor withdrew the case and sent it back to the executive committee. I only heard that through the media, so I am not in a position to comment on that issue,” Goagoseb said.
UNAM Chairperson, Evaristus Evaristus said they had not received the letter either, questioning rather why the decision in the matter was not availed to the media in order for them to inform the nation.