Barry Rukoro’s appeal against the Namibia Football Association (NFA) was dismissed by the office of the labour commissioner.
The arbitrator said that Rukoro, who is a former NFA secretary-general was not unfairly dismissed but his employment contract ended.
Rukoro served as head of the NFA secretariat for over a decade but back in 2019, he was unceremoniously ushered out of Football House by the now-disbanded Fifa Normalisation Committee with the help of the police.
He decided to contest his removal as unfair while launching an appeal with the labour commissioner. However, arbitrator Biatha Moonde found that Rukoro was not dismissed by the Fifa Normalisation Committee but rather his employment contract with NFA came to end.
“I, therefore, find the matter in favour of the respondent based on the circumstances surrounding the extension [of Rukoro’s contract] and clause 2 of the employment contract,” reads the arbitrator’s final award as quoted by New Era Live.
“Based on my findings in this matter, I decided to make the following order: that the matter is dismissed; that all claims are dismissed; that there is no cost order and this award is final and binding and resolves all issues between the two parties.”
Reached for comment by the Namibia publication, Rukoro confirmed the outcome of his appeal. “It is really a bit too early to say, but I will consult with legal minds first and decide from there what the best way forward will look like,” he said.
“But for now, that is the outcome; we move on and see what’s next,” added the football administrator.
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