FIFA to the Rescue

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By Kuvee Kangueehi WINDHOEK The Namibia Premier League Board of Governors (BoG) met late last night Meanwhile, the world’s football governing body FIFA has decided to step in to help solve the squabbling going on in Namibian football and will send a fact-finding team to Namibia. FIFA, which clearly still recognizes the original status of John Muinjo as the acting president of the Namibia Football Association, wrote a letter to him informing him about the intended visit. In the letter dated 9 June 2006 from Munich, Germany, the delegate of the president, Jerome Champagne, informs Muinjo that FIFA has closely followed the recent events which have rocked the NFA in the past weeks. “Our concern is of the potential negative impact the events could have on the whole Namibian football fraternity, on the credibility of the NFA towards partners of the political arena and the private sector and overall in the relationship with FIFA.” FIFA’s delegate development officer Ashford Mamelodi will arrive on 21 June to investigate issues affecting the Association. Mamelodi, who visited the country less than a month ago, has requested the audience of Namibian political authorities such as the Head of State, and the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture. He will also have discussions with NFA members, football clubs, regional associations, NPL and representatives of the Namibia Football Consortium. In the letter, Champagne urged all parties involved in the NFA to refrain from any decision which would only make the situation even more complicated. The situation at Soccer House was thrown into turmoil almost ten days ago when eleven members of the Association held a meeting at which they ‘overthrew’ the current executive and pressed for the NFA Executive to have an extra-ordinary congress within a month. Meanwhile, Nampa reports that it has learned that in the latest developments some of those members who were party to last week’s meeting have communicated their withdrawal from the meeting’s decisions to the NFA Executive. The members are Omaheke, Omusati, Khomas and Oshikoto, while joining the four is the Northern First Division Zone. The NFA Disciplinary Committee coordinator, Barry Rukoro, said that the Association’s constitution requires the NFA Executive to have an extra-ordinary congress only after three months if a legitimate request to have an extra-ordinary congress is made. According to Rukoro, the request filed was illegal as these members had no prior Regional Executive meeting as required by the constitution. Representatives of that meeting were to be elected from the Regional Executive meeting to represent the individual members who could call for an extra-ordinary congress, said Rukoro. He described their efforts as malicious and dishonest. Meanwhile, the NFA Acting President John Muinjo is tasked with seeking an audience with the country’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba, the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture John Mutorwa and Namibia Football Consortium (NFC) to put clarity on the status of football. The date is yet to be finalized.