NFA to meet Sports Minister and hopeful about CAS cases

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) will on Thursday, 16 April 2020 meet the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Windhoek to pave way for a mutual working relationship while they are working on modalities with regard to the three cases at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

NFA President Ranga Haikali on Easter Sunday revealed that the football controlling body was invited by the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Agnes Tjongarero and her Deputy Hon. Emma Kantema-Goamas for a consultative meeting.

“We are pleased to share that both the Minister and Deputy are not new to Sports and Football in Particular. Through the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) we will continue to work with all our Stakeholders for the development of our beloved sport – football”, Haikali states.

And in the line with the measure taken to combat COVID-19, Haikali indicates that the NFA will be represented by members of the Executive who are in Windhoek.

“We have to abide and that is why we can only go with the Executive Committee members who are in Khomas at the moment. We losing much time to this pandemic but we need to recognise its effects and act responsibly and do what is possible given the circumstances. We further commend the gesture of the Ministry and urge you all to support the efforts of the Minister in this regard” Haikali says.

CAS cases update

Haikali also provided an update on the legal matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The three cases are: CAS 2020/A/6769 – Frans Vatileni Mbidi vs NC/NFA: Mr. Frans V. Mbidi is seeking relief with regard to the electoral vetting process for the NFA Election process; CAS 2020/A/6773 – Mpasi Haingura/Patrick Kauta vs NC/NFA and Ranga Haikali with regard to electoral vetting for the NFA Election process; and CAS 2020/A/6866 – NPL vs NFA with regard to their suspension by the NFA.

“What we can share at the moment is that after the above three cases were registered with CAS, The NFA with the assistance and advice from FIFA, have agreed to appoint a Legal Counsel with Offices in Lausanne, Switzerland. We are finalizing a few matters such as PoA and notification of The CAS Secretariat.

“These three cases are going to be costly. Please bear with us and we are going to try to keep you abreast of this highly technical process. We have endured the High Court and Supreme Court cases in Namibia, and we are awaiting the process of taxing of the cost’s awards in both those cases. The Justice Systems or legal processes are very long and costly processes, we are however positive and the integrity of these processes are solid” Haikali states.

The NFA President concludes, “What we ought to focus on is to unite and play football. We have the talent, resources and the future generations to pass a legacy on. We hope to overcome all challenges and move forward”.