FIFA threatens to suspend Namibia

FIFA have announced that the Namibian national team could be suspended from FIFA competitions, should their government continue to meddle in the country’s footballing affairs.

This follows the appointment of the the independent committee to mitigate the impasse in Namibian football and the committee is set to release their report and recommendation regarding the situation.

FIFA noted that the Namibian government has become embroiled in the issue of the Namibia Football Association’s expulsion of the Namibia Premier League as a member.

FIFA took issue with last month’s formation of the committee of eminent persons (CEP) of the Namibia Sports Commission at the behest of sport minister Agnes Tjongarero ‘to find long-lasting solutions’ to the country’s perennial football disputes.

“While encouraging the collaboration of its member associations with their local state authorities in the collective interest of football, Fifa must also recall that all member associations must be able to organise and carry out their football-related activities in accordance with the requirements of their statutory/regulatory framework and in full autonomy, failing which they would lose all or part of their rights as members of Fifa,” wrote Fifa’s chief member associations officer Veron Mosengo-Omba to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Wednesday.