24 Jan 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) Gobabis-based Namibia Premier League outfit Young African were on Thursday relegated from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
The football team from Omaheke Region was fined and relegated after they used a Zimbabwean footballer, Tapiwa Simon Musekwa, for NPL matches under a false identity during the 2017/18 MTC Premier League season.
The NPL released a press statement stating that Young African Football Club were charged with two counts by the NPL disciplinary committee during a hearing held 05 December 2018.
The two counts against the team were fraud and contravention of Rule 52.4 of the NPL which deals with corruption and dishonest and unlawful connection with matches played under the auspices of the league.
The statement also reads that during the hearing, Young African FC admitted guilt to both counts in their submissions.
In the ruling and reasons delivered by the NPL disciplinary committee handed over on 21 January 2019, Young African was found guilty on both counts and forfeits their points for all matches that the player (Musekwa) played under a fraudulent cloud and the points will be awarded to opponents whom they played, said the statement.
It also said that Young African will be charged N.dollars 25 000 for count one as well as N.dollars 25 000 for count two which sums up to N.dollars 50 000 payable before end of May 2019.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Tovey Hoebeb, NPL league administrator, said the decision to suspend Young African was with immediate effect and all the games played by the club thus far in the 2018/19 NPL season will be null and void.
We are going to print out new fixtures for the upcoming games in the league since Young African has been suspended. They are free to appeal this decision with the Namibia Football Association as they have 30 days to do so, he said.
Maleagi Mali Ngarizemo, the Young African club owner and head coach could to be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered.