Death knell for Namibia Premier League

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Windhoek – Ten football clubs have made known their intention of playing in an envisaged new league run by the Namibia Football Association (NFA), severing their ties with the Namibian Premier League (NPL).

The NFA expelled the NPL as an affiliate this year after the two parties failed to agree on the way the top league was being run. The NFA also said it would be creating a new league, and the NPL was free to run a competition of its own.

With FIFA only recognising one top league per country, and with the NFA in good stead to attract sponsorship for a league, it was a matter of time before clubs pledged their allegiance to the national football governing body, leaving the NPL to flounder.

There has been no topflight soccer in Namibia for about a year now because of the standoff, and football players – along with club administration and fans – have been eager for a resolution one way or the other.

This week, Black Africa, Blue Waters, Citizens, Civics, Mighty Gunners, Orlando Pirates, Tigers, Young African and Young Brazilians said they would go with the NFA’s new league.

That leaves just six clubs yet to state which way they will go.

Through their spokesperson Lucas Nanyemba, the ten clubs said: "We would like to inform the nation that we have taken the decision to resign from NPL and join the league run by NFA. The decision has been taken in the best interest of football and to make sure that the game continues…

“We have managed to find each other and it is important that football be played. We should not be wasting time going back to the issues in the past but we should rather invest our energy in getting football played in this country.”

Namibia’s Sports Commission is also trying to end the impasse through a “normalisation committee”.

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