The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Executive Committee has announced that the top tier league in the country must start in January 2020 and end by August.

The EC meeting concluded yesterday after two days deliberations also directed the association’s secretariat to decide on the actual dates for the envisaged Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL).

The January to August timeframe is based upon other possible competitions, and the also 2021 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) Finals set for Cameroon in January were the Brave Warriors will compete.

Also concluded are the rules pertaining to the promotion and relegation. The NPFL will be run on the FIFA’s Member Association Model, that drives to professionaliam in about five years. The league will be funded by FIFA and local sponsorship is not restricted.

Another strategic decision is that from the current 10 clubs who are set to join the NPFL, the league will be open for admitting further clubs from the expelled Namibia Premier League, for football unity reasons , until a reasonable deadline to be set in due course.

Constitutional changes to incorporate the NFPL are now on recommendation to the NFA Congress set for 5 December 2020 for endorsement.

The NFA will soon commence with the E-Connect, a system that will be linked for the FIFA’s Connect ID system. The system is to register all players from the age of 12 to ensure that proper tracing and payment of training funds once a player becomes professional.

Training on the E-Connect for the regional coordinators and club representatives will be the first step to ensure that registration is coordinated.

On the FIFA Covid-19 funds, the NFA has so far received half of the US$1million, which is about N$8million with the remaining to be paid by FIFA once the current amount is used up and accounted for. The NFA will in the meantime workout how to use the funds.

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