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Fifa/Caf to meet stakeholders within Namibian football

2022-01-10  Staff Reporter

Fifa/Caf to meet stakeholders within Namibian football
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The joint Fifa/Caf mission headed to Namibia this week has lined up consultations with various stakeholders within Namibian football, including Football House staff. 

The Fifa/Caf delegation is coming to assess the overall situation of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), following the disruption of local football activities as a result of accusations and counter-accusations of mismanagement, corruption and fraud, among others, between the NFA president Ranga Haikali and secretary general (SG) Franco Cosmos, which resulted in both suspending the other from their duties.

The delegation will be composed of Jean-Jacques Diene, who is the head of the SG office at Caf, Rolf Tanner (head of MA Governance at Fifa), Solomon Mudege (group leader of development programmes at Fifa, and David Fani (regional office development manager).

All meetings scheduled from Wednesday to Saturday will take place at the Avani Windhoek Hotel.

Tanner said in a letter to the NFA yesterday that on Wednesday, they will meet, separately, Haikali, Cosmos and all executive committee (exco) members without Haikali and Cosmos.

On Thursday, the delegation will congregate with the exco, including Haikali as well as the SG. A meeting with NFA members (one representative only) is scheduled for later in the day. 

Football House staff members are also included in deliberations and include the finance manager, technical director, competition director, international relations manager and women’s football manager.

The delegation will then brief the sports ministry on the purpose of the mission on Friday.

Fifa/Caf expressed hope that the mission will bring a positive outcome to the current situation.

Meanwhile, the announcement of participants come shortly after an appeal by the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to be included in the discussions.

NPL chairperson Patrick Kauta said in a letter to Fifa the governance implosion currently experienced at the NFA is rooted in the expulsion of the NPL by the NFA in 2020. 

Kauta said the NPL, which was a member of the NFA for 30 years, is a major stakeholder in Namibian football and should also be heard.

 “Fifa confirmed this in its latest report on national competitions. Two NPL member clubs have won 14 of the 15 times the league championship was held and eight times of 10 times the national cup competition was held,” read the leaked letter. 

After its expulsion, the NPL was registered with the Namibia Sports Commission to promote, administer, control, govern and regulate all professional football in Namibia in accordance with the prescripts of Fifa, Caf, NPL and NSC within the constraints of the Namibian Constitution.

2022-01-10  Staff Reporter

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