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NFA Clears Debts, NPL Clings To CAS Skirt

Namibian Football Association (NFA)
As the cash-trapped and suspended Namibia Premier League ponders how to salvage its pricey Court of Arbitration for Sports appeal, the Namibia Football Association is about to fill the coffers of its compliant members. The NPL's application for legal aid from CAS was denied on Monday, and on Friday the NFA subsequently rejected that the case be overseen by a sole arbitrator.

After rejecting the NPL's request for legal aid, CAS advised the appellant “that the present case be submitted to a sole arbitrator instead of a three-member panel in order to reduce the amount of the advance of costs”, which is roughly N$800 000 (40 000 Swiss francs). The NPL's request fell through because it does not meet CAS' criteria, which is applicable only to a “natural person” whose income and assets are not sufficient to allow them to cover the costs of proceedings.

CAS also directed that “the suspension of the appellant's deadline to pay the advance costs is lifted with immediate effect”. Not surprisingly, the NFA shot down the proposal for the matter to proceed. The NPL, which recently slashed staff salaries by 50%, has to raise money or forfeit the case.“. . . please be advised that the respondent strongly objects to the appellant's request for the present case to be submitted to a sole arbitrator, and requires it be submitted to a panel of three arbitrators due to the complicated legal nature of the dispute,” the NFA's counsel, Mikhail Prokopets, wrote to CAS on Friday.

Meanwhile, the NFA on Friday asked its affiliates to submit their bank details for the payment of outstanding funds owed to them by the mother body. The NFA requested the funds from Fifa, acting NFA secretary general Franco Cosmos told Nampa. The money will also cover debts amounting to N$14 million, which the NFA owes to service providers, national team players and technical staff.

Cosmos said 19 NFA members are set to benefit from the money which they won for participating in NFA competitions and were not compensated for by the previous administration. “These are funds we give to all members, some of them played the leagues and won, but they were never given their prize money, so it is not for players but association members,” said Cosmos.

He added the NFA has begun paying money outstanding to players who played for the Brave Warriors at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches. Cosmos said only member associations who can prove they have a contract with the NFA will be paid to avoid fraud. He did not reveal how much the NFA received from Fifa.

Early this year, Fifa announced it had set aside US$150 million to be distributed among its 211 national governing bodies worldwide, and each member association will receive US$500 000.
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