20 Sep 2019 14:30pm
REHOBOTH, 20 SEP (NAMPA) The long-awaited meeting between the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and International Federation of Association Football Normalisation Committee (NC) for Namibia took place on Thursday, paving the way for the start of league football in Namibia.
Having disregarded the NCs instruction that no promotion and relegation should take place for the 2018/19 season and consequently registering a national dispute with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) against the NC, which was dismissed by the NSC, the NPL executive was last Wednesday directed by the Board of Governors to hold talks with the normalisation committee and resolve the impasse.
In a letter dated 04 September from NC Chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo 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 instead of 16, while the NPL was adamant that they would resume with 13 teams.
NPL Public Relations Officer, Andre Gariseb said on Friday the meeting resolved that the NC officially communicate to NPL the teams to be promoted to be added to the current list of 13 teams.
This has to be tabled at Saturdays NPL Congress which will decide whether these teams should be admitted to the NPL. The congress will also decide the date for the league kick-off which will be communicated to the NC next week, Gariseb said.
He further said the NPL, as an alternative proposal, offered to assist the lower leagues with funding of the First Division and Second Division.
This is mainly for the purposes of preparing the kick-off of the two lower divisions and to ensure that all three divisions start at the same time. Furthermore it is required from the NC to forward to the NPL the rules and method to be used to promote and relegate clubs to and from different NFA affiliated leagues, Gariseb remarked.
Gariseb also said although there is a general understanding for all three divisions to kick off simultaneously, the decision to kick-start the first and second divisions lay solely with the NC.
Therefore, it would be advisable not to put any timelines on the start of these leagues, until official announcement from the NPL and NC in this regard, he said.