Football referee in court over unpaid debts

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Former Namibian Football Association (NFA) referee Edwardt ‘Boy-Boy’ Ndjadila is facing more misery five months after he was suspended by the football governing body for allegedly pocketing N$300 500 to manipulate results of a soccer match.

Yesterday Ndjadila was summoned to court after Standard Bank took the legal route to recover N$17 724.24, including interest at the rate of 15.60 percent, owed to it by the beleaguered referee.

He was dragged to the Katutura Magistrate’s Court civil section, for failing to appear after being summoned early this month.

Court documents indicate that the sum owed has compounded monthly from November 15, 2011 to date of payment, which sum and interest are due and payable in respect of monies lent and advanced by Standard Bank to Ndjadila’s revolving credit account and which is now due.

An execution order signed by the deputy sheriff on May 11 2012 states: “I was informed that the addressee has no money or negotiable property wherewith to satisfy the warrant. No disposable property was pointed out, or could be found by me after a diligent search at the given address.”

Ndjadila was required to appear in court on Friday October 2 this year to enable the court to inquire about his financial position and to make an order as the court deemed just and equitable, after he failed “to satisfy the judgment of the court given against him on March 27 2012”, court documents state.But he did not show up.
Ndjadila was then brought to court on Wednesday, and ordered to pay N$100 or spend ten days in prison. Somebody, believed to be his brother, paid for him.

In May this year, New Era reported that an apparent underhand deal to fix the result of a crucial CAF Club Champions League match between Angolan outfit Kabuscorp de Palanca and El Merreikh of Sudan during the April Easter weekend went awry.

Reports suggested that unidentified agents approached the two Namibian officials, including Ndjadila, to have the result of the particular match fixed in return for a hefty fee of US$60 000 with half the amount to be paid upfront and the rest after the match.

The plan was tailored for the hosts to score three unanswered goals.
As fate would dictate, things turned out nasty after the Angolans failed to wangle their way past the Sudanese side by the required score line (3-0).

The final result did not sit well with the camouflaged match fixers, who responded by laying fraud charges against the match officials.

Both the match official Jackson Pavaza and Ndjadila were apparently arrested and detained briefly before they were set free. The issue was brought under the attention of CAF officials, who summoned the accused to stand trial on the 24th of this month.

Ndjadila, a prominent figure in the soccer fraternity, quit his position as referee coordinator and education officer in 2010.

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