October 30 – The executive committee of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has taken the unusual step of dismissing the federation’s president Frans Mbidi (pictured) with immediate effect saying the “drastic action” was necessitated by Mbidi’s failure to carry out his duties.
These apparently included not convening executive committee (exco) meetings in due time; failing to implement exco decisions; misrepresenting exco resolutions to FIFA and CAF; being disloyal to the NFA; and rendering the NFA secretariat ungovernable.
The NFA’s 1st Vice President Dr Naftali Ngalangi, who takes over temporarily as acting president, said Mbidi failed to turn up at a meeting on Saturday and was sacked by email when he was uncontactable by phone.
The sudden move is the latest blow to African football’s reputation in its ongoing constitutional issues among the federations. Mbidi’s full-time successor will be elected at the NFA Congress on January 12 next year though Ngalangi says he will not be throwing his hat into the ring
Ngalangi also accused Mbidi of accepting a bribe from an unnamed Moroccan official to vote for the north Africans at the 2026 World Cup ballot in June.
“The NFA sent three officials to represent us at the FIFA congress in Moscow. It was then reported to us that Mbidi received money from a Moroccan official to support their bid for the 2026 World Cup,” he said. “We submitted this information to him, but till yesterday he has not refuted the report we gave him.”
“The two officials who accompanied him to Moscow, Barry Rukoro and Jacob Aindongo must open a case against Mbidi with the Anti-Corruption Commission.”
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