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10 Namibian Football Clubs Resigned From NPL

Supporters and members of the Black African Sports Club. Photo: NAMPA
WINDHOEK—A seismic move, ten clubs ceded from the Namibia Premier League barely hours after concluding a virtual meeting with government's committee of eminent persons (CEP) on Monday evening. 

The clubs are, however, not yet members of the Namibia Football Association's Top Tier League which they have been "provisionally accepted" for. They still have "constitutional requirements" to fulfil and be vetted by the NFA executive on 24 October, with full admission to be granted on 5 December, says acting secretary general Franco Cosmos. 

This includes submitting "minutes of its last congress, annual general meeting or constitutional meeting" as part of affiliation requirements.Additionally, they must present their constitution, a declaration that they would adhere to NFA, Cosafa, CAF and Fifa decisions and regulations, and would settle disputes within the prescribed structures only. 

They must also pay an unspecified membership fee. Not all applicants have met all requirements, Cosmos said. The clubs are Black Africa, Tigers, Young African, Civics, Orlando Pirates, Citizens, Julinho Sporting, Mighty Gunners, Young Brazilians and Blue Waters. " . . . the secretariat shall soon convene a working session to acquaint you with the association league model and governance as well as all requisite considerations, for the purpose to constitute a top-tier league properly," Cosmos wrote to the clubs earlier on Monday. 

They will notify the NPL, which ignored The Namibian Sport's query on the subject yesterday, of their decision "out of courtesy", the clubs said."We were invited by the NFA, we have responded and we got our letters that our application has been successful," said Tigers SC executive Lukas Nanyemba on behalf of the clubs. 

"We are here to celebrate that whatever was there is water under the bridge; we are moving forward and we are looking forward to starting football as soon as possible. "We have reconciled with the current situation and the only way we will feel at home is with the NFA. 

So, we will respect every decision of the association," Nanyemba continued. The clubs believe a top flight in unison with the national FA will see the end of power struggles that resulted in lengthy domestic action stoppages over the last decade. "Who's causing the problem? NPL. We were the members of the NPL. Some of us were part of these problems; today we said enough is enough," said Nanyemba.
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