05 Sep 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) has placed the Namibian Premier League (NPL) on arbitration notice after the latter failed to heed a directive to withdraw the proposed start of the 2019/20 football season.
In a letter dated 04 September from NC Chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, directed to NPL Chairperson Patrick Kauta, the NC says they are concerned by the leagues silence on the issue related to relegation and promotion of teams for the 2019/20 season.
The committee wrote a letter to the NPL saying the league must not go ahead and start with the 2019/20 season with 13 teams, while the NPL was adamant that they will resume with the latter number of teams.
We note with concern that we have had no courtesy of a reply from the NPL Executive Committee, nor an undertaking from the NPL to comply with the NFA/NC directive (as endorsed by FIFA) within the stipulated time, the letter reads.
The NFA added that it will invoke the provisions of Article 13 (2), along with articles 14 and 15 of the NFA Statutes, without further notice if the league continues with its plans of starting the 2019/20 season with only 13 teams, instead of 16.
It further said the decision to not relegate or promote any teams for the 2019/20 season is final, and the NFA hopes that the NPL, through its proposed Board of Governors (BoG) Meeting on 11 September will observe this directive.
The NC further directed the NPL to recognise and allow all the 16 clubs to take part in the BoG and Annual Ordinary meetings.
The NC and NPL have been on a collision course over differences on various issues related to the relegation and promotion of teams, as well as the outstanding issue of the demoted/relegated Young African team.
At the beginning of the year, NPL relegated Young African from the league after the latter pleaded guilty to registering a player illegally.
Then, in the 2018/19 season, NPL demoted two more teams, leaving the league with 13 teams, while the first divisions failed to play their matches due to shortages of funds.
This led to a standoff between the two football bodies, with the NPL insisting on playing the league with 13 teams, while the NFA wants the league to have 16 teams.