NPL and NC case judgment today

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

Judgment in the High Court case between the Namibia Premier League and the Fifa Normalisation Committee is expected to be delivered today at 15:00.

Last week, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) filed an urgent application in the High Court in an attempt to be reinstated by the Namibia Football Association, which is currently being run by the Fifa Normalisation Committee, and to stop an NFA extraordinary congress from taking place.

The case, which was heard by Acting Judge Eileen Rakow, attracted many Namibian football enthusiasts who wanted to follow the court proceedings.

The congress is scheduled for tomorrow but the league, which was not invited, is against the congress being held without it.

The NPL’s legal representative, Gerson Narib, yesterday argued in court that the league had been put between a rock and a hard place and therefore had no option but to seek relief from the court.

The Normalisation Committee, represented by Tinashe Chibwana, on the other hand insisted that their decision was based on the constitution guiding the Namibia Football Association.

Chibwana further added that because the NPL had been suspended it had no right to participate in the extraordinary congress.

The NPL is further demanding that the Normalisation Committee provide it with rules for promotion and relegation for the 2019/20 football season within two days of a court order.

Chibwana however informed the court that his clients were well within their constitutional rights not to promote or relegate clubs.

The NC’s representative stated that the constitution clearly allows the committee to make the final decision on relegation and promotion, given the power vested in them by Fifa.