Cosmos vs NFA case awaits labour commission ruling

• By Michael Uugwanga

THE dispute of unfair dismissal and unfair labour practice between  former Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General (SG), Franco Cosmos and the NFA Normalization Committee (NC) is yet to be finalised, as the matter is still at the arbitration stage.

Cosmos was dismissed on April 21 this year after he was found guilty on 5 of the 9 counts brought against him by the NFA Normalisation Committee.

The dismissal came following a thorough review of the disciplinary record and the recommendation of the Chairperson, which determined to immediately implement the recommendation of the Chairperson of the NFA Normalization Committee (NC), Bisey Uirab.

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Cosmos was appointed as a member of the first Normalisation Committee tasked to fix football in Namibia in 2019, under the leadership of Hilda Basson-Namundjebo (former NC chairperson) before he became the NFA SG in 2021, under then NFA president Ranga Haikali after the NFA Executive Committee Members (EXCO) decided to let him continue on a full-time basis from the acting position he held when the NC›s term came to an end in February 2020.

The current NFA NC was appointed on March 30 this year, with an extensive mandate of running the daily affairs of the NFA, with their term expected to come to an end next year.

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“The Ministry can confirm that Cosmos has referred disputes of Unfair Dismissal and Unfair Labour Practice to the Labour Commissioner against the Namibia Football Association on May 03 2022.

The matter is currently at the arbitration stage and its finalisation thereof will be determined by the magnitude of evidence to be presented by the parties before the designated arbitrator.