FIFA has endorsed that no promotions or relegation will take place in Namibian football for the upcoming season, which means that teams that were in the relegation position in the 2018/2019 Namibia Premier league season will also form part of the new season.
The decision is because of the inactiveness in both the First and Second Divisions that has caused the Normalisation Committee (NC) to engage with FIFA on the way forward.
The NC, which took office on 8 February 2019, engaged FIFA in March during the African Cup of Nations draw in regards to a preferred outcome for the promotion and relegation of teams in the Premier League, as well as for clubs in the First and Second Division.
FIFA’s decision formally endorsed the position of the NC that “there should be no promotion or relegation among the three leagues”.
Citing Article 9 of the FIFA Statute, which deals with the principle of promotion and relegation, it is believed that no “sporting merit” exists which determines a club’s participation in a league.
NC issued a statement where it confirms that no relegation or promotion will take place in Namibian football for the Season 2018/2019 and stated categorically that this decision is final.
This decision falls squarely within the mandate of the NC, which assigns the daily management of the NFA to the NC. The committee believe this decision to be in the best interest of football given the specific abnormal realities in the fraternity.