No fear, favour or interference

Limba Mupetami

WINDHOEK

The six-member committee, appointed on instruction of sports minister Agnes Tjongarero to serve as mediators in the country’s ongoing football impasse, will give recommendations on the way forward around 9 October.

The committee, which was appointed on 3 September with the duration of the task to run for a month – independent of interference – consists of Roswitha Gomachas, Thomas Mbeeli, Heritha Nankole Muyoba, Walter Don and Bro-Mathew Shinguadja.

They are tasked to make recommendations on the Namibia Premier League’s (NPL) expulsion from the Namibia Football Association (NFA) structures for bringing the organisation into disrepute and their decision to form a break-away league, as well as the NFA’s decision to start another top-tier league.

They will also mediate the NPL’s application to register as a sports body with the Namibia Sports Commission.

Promoting sport

At the press conference where news of the committee broke, Tjongarero said it is important to underline that the fundamental and sole objective of the ministry is to promote sport.

“In this situation, it is to bring lasting harmony and peace in the football fraternity to achieve national development objectives and for the better of all athletes in the Namibian house,” she said.

The minister added that the current situation in the football fraternity has reached alarming levels and could adversely affect the nation’s ability of delivering on the above target.