NPL to kick off in November

23 Sep 2019 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 23 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has set 01 November as the date for the new Premier League season to kick off after its Ordinary Annual General Meeting held here on Saturday.
Since the end of the 2018/19 season in May, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) has been at loggerheads with the NPL on who to promote or relegate.
According to a statement availed to Nampa on Sunday by the NPL, the congress unanimously agreed on 01 November 2019 as the commencement date for the new season.
“Moreover, the assembly jointly decided to request the NFA to extend the player registration [period] until 31 October 2019,” the statement read.
It also stated that the delegates deliberated on the relegation and promotion of clubs, which was the core agenda point, but based on sporting merit and a letter received from the FIFA normalisation committee, the NPL constitution does not permit congress to admit any member in the league who is not promoted from the National First Division.
The letter given to the NPL and the NC on Sunday stated that the NPL for the 2019/20 football season should include the 2018/19 relegated teams; Civics FC and Orlando Pirates FC.
“To enable congress to consider the proposed promotion by the NC, congress resolved that any member who wishes to deliberate on the admission must comply with article 63 and submit propose amendments to articles 10.2 and 64.1 of the NPL constitution by Wednesday, 25 September 2019,” reads the statement.
It added that the NPL must write to the NC to be provided with the rules and methods to be used to promote and relegate clubs to and from different NFA Leagues for the 2019 / 2020 season.
The statement further mentioned that the relegation of Young African FC by the NPL was appealed to the NFA and that, by virtue of the NFA constitution, the matter is subjected to mediation of an independent Appeals Committee, to be set up by the NFA and endorsed at the NFA Congress.
The congress was attended by 26 representatives of the current 13 NPL clubs.