Uutoni welcomes FIFA normalisation committee for NFA

11 Jan 2019 19:00pm
OSHAKATI, 11 JAN (NAMPA) – Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni confirmed the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) consulted with his Ministry and a number of stakeholders to have the football administration normalised in Namibia following reported infighting.

At a media briefing held at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Friday, Uutoni also indicated that his ministry welcomes the formation of a short-term normalisation committee that will mainly run the daily affairs of the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

He pointed out that on Wednesday, FIFA communicated to both his office and the NFA that the FIFA Bureau of Council had taken a decision to set up a normalisation committee for the NFA.

The committee, Uutoni said, will also organise the elections process that will elect a new NFA executive committee (Exco) since the current exco’s term expired last month.

“However, they (FIFA) did not reveal to us the names of the normalisation committee members because FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will jointly visit Namibia during the coming weeks in order to complete and kick start the (normalisation) process,” the minister noted.

He then appealed to football fans and all other stakeholders to refrain from speculations or prelude the normalisation process for the benefit of football in the country.

“I once again wish to categorically state that during this entire process, we as government, collaborated with FIFA as a partner in the development of sport in Namibia,” Uutoni added.