FIFA steps in to run Namibian FA as infighting and cash issues leave football ‘paralysed’

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January 10 – Namibia is the latest country to be subject of a normalisation committee imposed by FIFA to run its affairs as a result of a bitter internal squabble.

The move follows a recent visit by a FIFA delegation after Namibia FA elections were not held as planned last month.

In an email to the NFA on Wednesday, FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said that the normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the positions in the elections.

It will perform its functions until it has fulfilled all of its tasks, but no later than May 31.

During its visit to the country, the FIFA delegation observed “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.”

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

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