THE Namibia Premier League (NPL) 2019/2020 season will kick off on 1 November 2019.
This follows a decision made at the recently held NPL Ordinary Annual General Meeting.
A total 26 representatives of the current 13 clubs attended the meeting that took place on 21 September at the Namibia Sport Commission boardroom.
In a press statement, the NPL said the decision followed rigorous discussion surrounding the NPL league, as well as the relegation/promotion dispute that is currently ongoing between the Namibia Football Association and NPL.
“The delegates deliberated profoundly on the relegation and promotion of clubs. This was the core agenda point,” reads the statement.
The debates stems from a letter received by the NPL from the FIFA Normalisation Committee (NC) that gave instruction that no promotion and relegation should take place for the 2018/19 season due to the inactiveness of the first and second divisions.
“On the background of a letter received from the FIFA Normalisation Committee to the NPL that based on the principle of sporting merit, teams to be promoted to the Namibia premier league for the 2019/20 season are Civics and Orlando Pirates. Additionally, the NC stated that the relegation of Young African 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 setup by the NFA and endorsed at the NFA Congress,” the statement further explained.