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NFA kicks Barry out of office

NFA kicks Barry out of office

NFA kicks Barry out of office
BOOTED OUT: Barry Rukoro escorted out from the NFA House by Nampol officers in Katutura, Windhoek._Photo Contributed

Aili Iilonga

Committee says FIFA does not recognise him as SG

THE newly appointed Normalisation Committee that took over the administration of the Namibian Football Association (NFA) last week took its first executive decision to ousts long serving Secretary-General of Association, Barry Rukoro.

Rukoro was yesterday escorted off the NFA House premises in Katutura by heavily armed police officers.

Rukoro is currently at the centre of many controversial football allegations, including ongoing squabbles with former NFA President Frans Mbindi.

In a notice letter sent to Rukoro, Chairperson of the Normalisation Committee, Hilda Basson-Namundjebo, informed Rukoro that the Committee has it on record that the football world governing body, FIFA, does not recognise him as the SG.

“We hereby wish to alert you of your continued unlawful presence on the premises of the Namibia Football Association. We have it on record that FIFA no longer recognise you as the General Secretary of the NFA,” the letter reads.

She further stated that the Normalisation Committee, whose mandate is to run the daily operations at the NFA, reiterate on its demand to have Rukoro vacate the NFA premises.

“We hereby reiterate our demand that you vacate the premises of the NFA. You will be accorded an hour from the time you receive this letter, to do so,” said Basson-Namundjebo.

She further instructed Rukoro to surrender all possessions of the NFA, including the company vehicle that he uses on a daily basis at the office.

“Should there be any remuneration or compensation due to you on the basis of your expired contract, we will ensure that this is settled within seven working days,” she added.

When called for comments, Rukoro said the Normalisation Committee acting on instruction from FIFA is unheard of.

“They are saying that FIFA does not recognise me. I do not know where that is coming from,” he stated.

When asked if he will seek legal action on the matter, Rukoro said: “let’s be cool about this. You know when others make decisions, you do not have to do the same,”

Rukoro, whose contract lapsed mid last year, has been having ongoing squabbles with Mbidi, who on many occassions publically announced that Rukoro’s stay as Secretary General has been illegal.

Rukoro was also suspended by COSAFA last year February for violent conduct after allegedly assaulting COSAFA President Philip Chinyangwa in South Africa.

Rukoro was subjected to a 90-day suspension period pending the finalisation of the matter at the time.

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