NFA secondment ‘unconstitutional’ – Paulino

By Michael Uugwanga

VICE-CHAIRPERSON of the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL), Bonnie Paulino has said that the recent secondment of four members to the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) as unconstitutional, following the NFA’s decision to snub recommendations made by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) to end the war between the two parties.

The CEP is a committee that was formed in September on the recommendation of the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero to solve Namibia’s football problems.

As part of the NFA’s strategic plans to bring back football through its NPFL, the association seconded four members from some of the clubs that have applied for NPFL membership to spearhead the new league; they are Kelly Asser (Tigers FC), Lucky Richter (Black Africa Sport Club) and Elrico Boy Flo Nakusera (Young Brazilians FC) even though a congress can only take place once the NFA amends its constitution.

The NPFL plans to kick off in February 2021 after the Brave Warriors’ return from the African Nations Championship that is set to take place in Cameroon.

FIFA will bankroll the NPFL’s debut campaign with US$1,5 million, while MTC committed N$4,5 million to revive the NFA Cup.

“Until the NFA has amended its constitution, the NPL is the only top tier football league. The so-called new league (NPFL) cannot legally attend the congress. But again, what do we expect from the corrupt NFA,” said Paulino, a former executive member of Black Africa.

Paulino is also surprised to learn that the NFA has turned a blind eye on the CEP’s recommendation for the NFA and NPL to come up with a mechanism in order for football to start as a soon as possible.

“It is very clear that the NFA disregards the approach and recommendations of the CEP of the NSC,” he said. 

The NPL was expelled in July this year NFA’s 16th extraordinary congress in Windhoek, after the NPL refused to follow the directives given by the NFA not to relegate Orlando Pirates and Civics from top-flight football despite the two clubs having finished bottom of the log during the 2018/2019 season.

Ever since the expulsion, the NFA has refused to attend to any reconciliatory meetings with the NPL.

The NPL consisted of 16 clubs, namely Black Africa, African Stars, Tigers, University of Namibia, Tura Magic, Mighty Gunners, Eleven Arrows, Blue Waters, Okahandja United, Young Brazilians, Sporting Julinho, Civics, Orlando Pirates, Young African, Citizens and Life Fighters.

The clubs that have so far not yet applied for NPFL membership are Tura Magic, African Stars, Life Fighters, Okahandja United, Eleven Arrows and University of Namibia (UNAM).