Namibia FA maintains strong stance, ‘Football to start in April’

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After days of uncertainty on whether the envisioned Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) will kick off this month, the secretary-general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos has reaffirmed that the league will commence on 17 April as planned.

There has been some miscommunication between Cosmos and NFA president Ranga Haikali with regards to the start of the NPFL as Haikali over the weekend informed the media that the league will only start in August, but Cosmos later confirmed that the NPFL will start in April instead.

In a press conference on Wednesday at Football House in Katutura, Cosmos insistently maintained his stance that the NPFL, along with the MTC NFA Cup, will all start on 17 April.

According to New Live Era, Haikali was not present at the press briefing nor were other members of the executive committee present and it remains unclear whether Cosmos’ decision to start football this month enjoys the full support of the entire executive committee.

“The NFA wishes to put the record straight and announce that the NFA unconditionally withdrew all previous conflicting and confusing messages about the official start of the Football Bounce Back Programme in Namibia as erroneously published on the NFA website,” said Cosmos.

“The inaccurate communication was an error, and it is inconsistent with the resolutions of the recently held executive committee meeting on 26 and March 2021 at Heja Lodge on the outskirts of Windhoek.

“As the head of the administration and operations of the NFA, supported by two substantive executive members [Ngulu and Amakali], who also participated in the recent executive meeting, we would like to assure the nation that football will start on the 17 April 2021,” said Cosmos.

Cosmos went on to clarify that all the league, including all 14 Second Divisions and the three First Division Streams, as well as the MTC NFA Cup preliminary round, will all kick-off at the same time on 17 April, which will later see the MTC NFA Cup preliminary round paving way for the round-of-32 of the FA Cup.

“During this period, the NPFL, all 14 Second Divisions and First Division Streams, including the Women Football League will play a transition league in preparation for the League Proper slated to commence in August 2021 and ending June 2022.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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