11 Nov 2018 15:50pm
REHOBOTH, 11 NOV (NAMPA) - The Namibia Premier League on Friday lifted the suspension of Gobabis-based Young African from the league after they received a recommendation from NPL prosecutor Khadila Amoomo to do so.
Young African and its leadership were accused of fraud and identity theft after they allegedly registered a Zimbabwean player, Tapiwa Simon Musekwa, as Albert Mujikirera with a Zimbabwean passport that had been tampered with last season.
Musekwa claims to have been forced into doing so by an unnamed individual who facilitated his registration.
Relegated Oshakati club Young Chiefs lodged a complaint against Young African for using an improperly registered player and wanted their points for matches in which the player featured, to be docked.
Young Chiefs felt the points should then be awarded to the teams Young African faced while Musekwa was part of the team.
After having gone through the recommendations by the prosecutor to suspend Young African, the NPL executive committee also slapped the team with a suspension from all league activities until further action is taken.
The lifting of the suspension was considered after the NPL received a letter from Young Africans legal representatives, wherein the club committed themselves to having a disciplinary hearing as soon as possible.
A letter from the NPL, addressed to the chairperson of Young African, said the league's executive committee instructed its secretariat to reschedule the opening fixture of Young African against Citizens at the earliest convenient time.
Meanwhile, Young African on Friday issued a statement saying the match against Citizens, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed and they have to play the game in Gobabis next Wednesday, subject to league approval.
Repeated attempts to get comment from NPL Administrator Joshua Tovey ||Hoëbeb were unsuccessful as he did not respond to text messages sent to him and his phone went unanswered.