NPL given the right to appeal

By Michael Uugwanga

DESPITE the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on June 21 having dismissed the Namibia Premier League (NPL) appeal against the Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s decision to expel the NPL as a member of the association, the NPL has a right to appeal regarding the final arbitral award, said CAS.
The NPL was last year expelled by the NFA through a resolution that was adopted at the 18th extraordinary congress for allegedly bringing football into disrepute after the 2018/2019 MTC NPL season, of which the NFA accused the NPL for not following the directives given by the mother body regarding the relegation and promotions of three teams, notably Orlando Pirates, Civics and Young African.
As a result the NPL is no longer recognised by the NFA as the body to run the country’s top flight football league, which resulted in the NFA forming new leagues, the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL), three first division streams and the Regional Second Division League.
It is against this background last year that the NPL approached CAS for help after failing to get a positive outcome when it approached both the High Court and the Supreme Court.
The NPL has therefore asked for help on the matter, which includes nullifying the NFA elective congress held last year, which elected current president Ranga Haikali into power.
“Judicial recourse to the Swiss Federal Tribunal is enshrined in Swiss law on a very limited number of grounds, such as lack of jurisdiction, violation of elementary procedural rules (e.g. violation of the right to a fair hearing) or incompatibility with public policy. The time limit to appeal is 30 days,” said Matthieu Reeb, CAS director general,”
Reeb also said that his office will not have any influence in whatever decision will be taken by the CAS appeal committee.
Even if NPL fails in its appeal, it will still be pursuing its attempt to get a licence from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) to run and manage a professional football league.