FIFA Appoints Normalisation Committee for NFA

World football governing body, FIFA, on Wednesday appointed a normalisation committee for the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

According to an email from FIFA to the NFA, the mandate of the normalisation committee will be to run the daily affairs of the NFA, ensure that members of the NFA whose executive committees are out of mandate, organise and conduct relevant elections, and once elections have been held at member level, to organise and conduct elections of a new NFA executive committee. 

FIFA will be responsible for drawing up the members that will constitute the committee with consultation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and relevant stakeholders in Namibia.

The email which was signed by FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura, indicates that all the appointed members of the normalisation committee must pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA review committee, with FIFA reserving the right to revoke the mandate of the members of the normalisation committee, and to appoint further members at any given time. 

The normalisation committee will also act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the positions in the elections.

The normalisation committee will perform its functions until it has fulfilled all of its tasks no later than May 31, 2019. 

The appointment of the committee follows a recent visit by a FIFA delegation to Namibia during which it observed that “there are two factions within the NFA that are irreconcilable and that this situation is adversely affecting football as a whole.”

“The bureau took note that this situation of paralysis has even resulted in the cancellation of football matches because the NFA could not pay for expenses,” the email stated.

It said that FIFA had mandated a forensic audit of the NFA since there seemed to be “several occurrences of financial mismanagement and conflicts of interest at the NFA.”

It added that since the mandates of the NFA executive committee had expired on December 5, 2018, FIFA had been informed that some members of the NFA whose tenures had panned out had apparently decided to postpone their own elections.