NFA fined by CAF for Unsporting and Offensive Behavior

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The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has been fined U$ 5000 by the Confederation of African Footfall (CAF) for the unsporting and offensive behavior by Brave Warriors fans during the team’s 2-0 win over Comoros in the 2018 CAF Africa Nations Championship qualifiers match in Windhoek.

NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro confirms the fine and calls on the public to refrain from such behavior in the future.

“We again appeal to the supporters to do away with this kind of behavior. We all know that the association does not have enough funds and now we have to pay for such unnecessary costs that should not be brought about at all. Let us find other ways of celebrating and supporting the team. The team needs our support but it must be orderly and civilized and objects throwing is not the way to go at all”, a disappointed Rukoro says.

In arriving at their decision, the CAF Disciplinary Committee chaired by Raymond Hack from South Africa and members Ahmed Megahed (Egypt) and Jean Mulindahabi (Rwanda) inferred from the match reports that indicated that at the 60th minute, cans were thrown into the field. At the end of the match the Namibian fans invaded the pitch to celebrate the victory of their team.

The committee thus considered Article 82 “Principles of Conduct” of CAF Disciplinary Code stipulates: National associations, clubs, officials and members, as well as their players, shall respect the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship. Article 83 “Responsibility” para 1 and 2 of CAF Disciplinary Code stipulate: “1.National associations, clubs and officials are responsible for ensuring that the game is not brought into disrepute in anyway whatsoever by the conduct of their players, officials, members, supporters and any other persons exercising a function at a match at the request of the association or club.

2. The host association or club is responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after the match. It is liable for incidents of any kind, and can be rendered subject to disciplinary measures.

In the crucial 2018 CAF CHAN Qualifier match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 20 August, Muna Katupose, headed home on 53 minutes and doubled that from close range in additional time to all but secure qualification , 2-1 on aggregate for the Brave Warriors and bring some relive to the football loving Namibians going forward. The match was also used to pay tribute to their late Brave Warriors number one fan Robbie Savage.