First Division still owed winning and start-up monies

09 Apr 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – Teams that competed in the 2018 Namibia First Division streams are still waiting to receive their winnings since the three streams concluded in July 2018.
The winners of the three First Division streams, Julinho Sporting from Rundu, Young Brazilian from Karasburg and Military School (now known as Okahandja United) from Okahandja, have not yet received monies due to them for winning their respective divisions.
The three football clubs and 33 other first division teams are also owed 50 per cent of their start-up capital by the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
In a recent interview with Nampa, North East First Division (NEFD) chairperson Rudolph Shaya Mupiri called on the NFA normalisation committee to act quickly to resolve the matter.
He also said they still do not know when the league will kick off.
“The NFA players’ registration closed on 05 April and the first and second division are still in the dark with regards to when the league will kick off as we have not received any communication from the normalisation committee,” he said.
Mupiri added that the First Division and Second Division cannot start with the league because some members are not in good standing with the NFA.
“This committee was put in power to find out which members are in good standing and if there are those that are not, they must sort it out and then host regional elections as well as national elections, but as we speak they are just concerned with the national football team, which is not their mandate,” he said.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, chairperson of the normalisation committee Hilda Basson-Namundjebo said they are aware of who is owed by the NFA and they have requested funds from the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) to pay whoever is owed.
“The NFA really owes a lot of people money. Apart from the First Division streams who have not received their money for two years, there are still unpaid bills for hotels and travel agencies which also need to be settled when we receive the funds from Fifa,” she said.
Basson-Namundjebo added that with regards to hosting regional elections, they have to work on the football association’s constitution.
“We have most of these regions who are owed money and we cannot expect them to be in good standing because they cannot pay their fees. We first have to pay these members then we can demand our affiliation fees from them,” said Basson-Namundjebo, who stated that most of the members do not have a constitution and when FIFA provides them with a draft from an association that operates like the NFA, they will provide a draft copy to their members for approval.
She said the First Division League can only be expected to start after all these matters have been resolved.