20 Feb 2019 15:40pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Premier League (NPL) applied the Disciplinary Committee (DC) ruling correctly by deducting points from Young African Football Club (FC) and awarding them to the clubs affected by the teams use of an improperly registered player.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, the chairperson of the NPL DC, Vivienne Katjiuongua said the league is right in awarding points to other teams as well as not altering the final log of last season as per their status.
The other teams of the NPL who may have been affected by the conduct of Young African FC could have joined the claim as third parties or interested parties but they did not do so. Also at the time the NPL approached us, the clubs were already playing in another season, hence the challenge of effecting a sanction that is supposed to address conduct of a specific party and in implementing it you affect other parties who are not party to the claim, she explained.
Katjiuongua said the DC could not make decisions for other members who are not part of the case, and in this case, the penalty was directed to Young African FC alone.
In explaining that in her view, Katjioungua said Young African can now appeal the judgment of having points deducted and the subsequent relegation, but they cannot appeal against the fine as they had offered to pay N.dollars 100 000 per case, but the DC allowed them to pay N.dollars 50 000 as first-time offenders.
On why the points were then awarded to the other clubs who were not party to the case, while the same DC is saying the teams in the league were not part of the claims, Katjiuongua said if points are deducted, they must be given to the opponents.
When you use a player that is not properly registered, the points are awarded to the opponents. We cannot throw the points into the air. Because the season had finished, the points could not affect the log, and the other teams had not complained to the NPL, she clarified.
She also said had the protest been done within the prescribed seven days of the proclamation of the league, the log-standing could have been changed.
She said because the teams did not join the case, that simply meant the affected teams had no interest in the case, hence, they cannot benefit from the judgment.
Katjiuonguas explanation comes after several NPL clubs, including Tigers, Civics, and relegated Young Chiefs, questioned the implementation of the NPL judgment.
Young Chiefs feel they must be reinstated back to the NPL as they would have finished on 13th position on the log if they were to be awarded the points deducted from Young African.
Civics believe that subsequent to Young Africans relegation, they should be elevated to the seventh position, which will enable them to participate in the 2019 Standard Bank Top 8 Tournament scheduled to kick off Thursday evening.