The first-ever edition of the Namibia Football Premier League (NFPL) is set to kick off without three teams; African Stars, Eleven Arrows and Unam.
Stars rejected their reported registration with Namibia’s new top-flight league as Unam and Arrows stated that they did not complete the entry form altogether.
However, a number of teams including Life Fighters and Okahandja submitted a notice of interest to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) last Friday, the deadline for applications.
The Namibia FA went on to announce that Stars, Black Africa, Citizen, Young African, Civics, Orlando Pirates, Blue Waters, Young Brazilians, Tura Magic, Mighty Gunners, Okahandja United, Life Fighters, Tigers and Julinho Sporting all signed up to the NFPL.
But in a statement posted on their Twitter account, Stars said it will not be part of an “imaginary league” and threatened legal action against those who added the club to the NFPL roster. While Unam and Arrows remain mum on the issue.
“African Stars distances itself from this and has no intentions of joining such a league. We would like to put the NFA structure on notice that they must go ahead and pronounce that African Stars FC have applied on their official communications (sic),” reads the club statement.
“We have started the process of consulting our legal team and no stone will be left unturned to bring the culprits to book who attempt to bring the name of our club into disrepute. We remain a member of the Namibia Premier League with the intention of professionalising football in Namibia.”
This despite the NPL, which was excommunicated as an NFA member in July, being denied equal status as the NFA by the Namibia Sport Commission.
“I do not want to comment on that [Stars] now. The exco [NFPL executive] will address that when they meet,” said newly installed NFPL director Mabos Vries said
He said that 11 of the clubs satisfied the admission requirements which resulted in the league being constituted before the NFA congress.
“We followed the documentation presented to us to establish that the clubs are in good standing. This is either in the form of club constitution or minutes of the last AGMs,” said Vries.
The Namibia FA is will also announce the league format and composition in the coming few weeks with the season set to start towards the end of February 2021 and conclude in August 2021 subject to Fifa approval.
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By FARPost Reporter