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NPL tight lipped on suspension

NPL tight lipped on suspension

Aili Iilonga

THE Namibia Premier League has refused to comment on the latest development after the FIFA appointed Normalisation Committee resolved to suspend the NPL from any league activities.
On Wednesday the NC took a decision to suspend NPL after both two organization failed to reach common ground regarding the relegation/promotion debacle that has hindered the Namibian football.
“The NC resolved to suspend the Namibia Premier League in view of its persistent and continued disregard and violation of the directive issued by the Namibian Football Association,” read the statement.
NPL’s spokesperson Andre Gariseb confirmed the suspension stating that, the NPL will not comment pending an urgent meeting slated for 7 October.

FOOTBALL SQUABBLES: NC has suspended the NPL from any football activities. Photo: Contributed

“The NPL Exco meet this morning and resolved to protect the NPL and its members and as such called for an urgent meeting for Monday, 7 October. Due to the sensitivity of the matter, the NPL will reserve its right not to comment on this matter for now until Tuesday, October 8,” he said.
Gariseb added that the infightings are not because of administrative politics but a difference in policies.
“This is not an administration thing or politics but it’s just a difference in policies,” he said.
NC’s chairperson, Hilda Basson-Namundjeob is adamant that the NC did its best in normalizing football in the country after it and the NPL failed to find common ground regarding the matter.
“We have been public about this situation with the NPL as this issue started in March. As NC, we were worried about the situation and at that time, I spoke to FIFA who suggested that we should not have relegation or promotion since the first division did not take place,” she said.
She further said that, the NC set up a task force comprising of members from both the NPL and NC.
“The task force comprised of five gentlemen so as to find common ground on the matter. We tried to work together and find a solution but it did not work and we resolved to the suspension. We had a meeting yesterday and a FIFA representative was present at the time of the meeting,” she stated.
Basson-Namundjebo noted that the CHAN game Namibia will play against Madagascar would take place on the 19 October and that it will not be hindered by the infightings.
“We are playing in CHAN. This will not affect that,” she added.

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