Kauta happy with CAF meeting

• By Michael Uugwanga

CHAIRPERSON of the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) Patrick Kauta has described the recent meeting with Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe as helpful in moving football forward in the country.

The NPL was expelled as a member of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) in 2020 for bringing the association into disrepute.

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The expulsion of the NPL was done at the association’s 16th extra-ordinary congress held in Windhoek, including its executive committee members, after the NFA executive committee’s proposal to expel them.

The expelled persons are Patrick Kauta, Peter Nakura, Gabriel Tjombe, Bonnie Paulino and NPL chief executive officer Harald Fülle.
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The expulsion of the NPL saw the formation of the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL), comprising of 12 clubs out of the 16 clubs that were members of the NPL.

As a result Kauta decided to register the NPL with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) as an independent sports body, of which the country ended up having two separate football bodies, the NPFL which is recognised by the Namibia Football Association which is the mother body of football activities in the country, and NPL which is recognised by the commission which is the overall regulator body for all sport codes.

Saturday was the first time that all 16 clubs had come together to find a lasting solution to the football chaos that has been ongoing for the past three years.

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The meeting took place in Windhoek.

It is against this background that CAF leadership spearheaded by its Motsepe met all the clubs to find common ground in order for local football to be restored again and to progress.

Speaking to Confidente this week, Kauta said the meeting was helpful even though he could not dwell deeper when asked on whether he will still go ahead with the NPL as a separate sports body.

“Saturday’s meeting was most helpful. It set up the agenda for ongoing discussions to find a lasting solution to the impasse in Namibian football,” he said.

Addressing the media after meeting club officials, Motsepe said it was time Namibia stopped establishing normalisation committees, adding that disruptive elements should leave the sport.

“I am tired of too many normalisation committees. I really hope that this time around the Normalisation Committee will have a long term solution. I just hope that football will be played in Namibia,” he said.

This is the second time that Namibia has a Normalisation Committee in place to deal with the football predicament.
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Football chaos started after the 2018/2019 season over the relegations and promotions scenario of which Orlando Pirates, Civics and Young African were declared as relegated to the lower division after they all finished in the bottom three that season.

However the move was rejected by the NFA, as there were no teams to replace the relegated teams, since the lower divisions such as the first division and second division, did not take place that season due to lack of funding.

Motsepe was in the country as Namibia hosted the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) elective general assembly, which saw Angolan-born Artur De Almeida E Silva elected as COSAFA president.