WINDHOEK, 29 MAR – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) says the issue of Tigers Football Club has now been dealt with effectively and no other correspondence pertaining to the subject will be entertained.
Speaking at the NPL’s weekly media engagement, Executive Committee member Maleagi Ngarizemo said they met on Tuesday and decided the issue is now water under the bridge.
“Tigers felt aggrieved by the NPL decision to dock six of their points for the two matches they failed to fulfil against Citizens and the University of Namibia at the beginning of the season,” he said.
The football club wrote a letter on 20 March 2018 complaining to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the sponsors about the situation.
Ngarizemo said as the executive committee they felt Tigers should have appealed to the NPL within the prescribed seven days, but the club only acknowledged receiving the letter which notified them of their punishment.
The Young African representative on the exco said because of this observation, they feel the case is now done and dusted.
Meanwhile, NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro wrote to Tigers advising them of Article 55, 57 and 58 of the NFA disciplinary code which deals with the time limit for appeals (three days within notification of decision). He also said reasons for appeal must be given in writing within seven days.
Tigers failed to fulfil their two opening fixtures on 22 and 22 October 2017 against UNAM and Citizens.
The NPL then sent the matter to the league’s disciplinary committee, who then referred the matter back to the league.
On 08 March the league ruled that Tigers had forfeited the games in question by a 3-0 scoreline to both teams.
Tigers felt they had been hard done by, hence their appeal to the NFA.