New Namibia Premiership season to start in January

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The Namibia Football Association (NFA) have announced that the new football season will kick off in January.

However, the exact start date for the start of the 2020/21 Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) is yet to be confirmed along with the  the fixtures.

The NFA Executive Committee has directed the association’s secretariat to decide on the dates for the envisaged Namibia Premiership.

“The Executive, at their meeting of 23 and 24 October 2020 in Windhoek, decided that the start of the season will be from January to August, considering other possible competitions, and the also 2021 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) Finals set for Cameroon in January were the Brave Warriors will compete,” reads the NFA statement.

“Also concluded are the rules pertaining to the promotion and relegation. The NPFL will be run on the FIFA’s Member Association Model, that drives to professionaliam in about five years. The league will be funded by FIFA and local sponsorship is not restricted.

“Another strategic decision is that from the current 10 clubs who are set to join the NPFL, the league will be open for admitting further clubs from the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) for football unity reasons, until a reasonable deadline to be set in due course.”

According to NFA, constitutional changes to incorporate the Namibia Premiership are now on recommendation to the NFA Congress set for 5 December 2020 for endorsement.

“The NFA will soon commence with the E-Connect, a system that will be linked for the FIFA’s Connect ID system. The system is to register all players from the age of 12 to ensure that proper tracing and payment of training funds once a player becomes professional.

“Training on the E-Connect for the regional coordinators and club representatives will be the first step to ensure that registration is coordinated.

“On the FIFA Covid-19 funds, the NFA has so far received half of the US$1million, which is about N$8million with the remaining to be paid by FIFA once the current amount is used up and accounted for. The NFA will in the meantime workout how to use the funds.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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