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Fired! Namibia FA Sack Its President

The Namibia Football Federation (NFA) has fired its President Frans Mbisi with immediate effect.

The Namibia Football Federation (NFA) has fired its President Frans Mbisi with immediate effect.

At an executive committee meeting held in Windhoek on Sunday, Mbisi was accused of failing to convene Exco meetings in due time; failing to implement executive committee decisions; misrepresenting executive committee resolutions to FIFA and CAF and being disloyal to the NFA.

Consequently, in a motion for impeachment moved by Naftal Ngalangi and seconded by Barry Rukoro, the Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the NFA President, Francs Mbisi.

The executive committee also accused Mbidi of accepting a bribe at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June from a Moroccan official to vote for them for the 2026 World Cup.

Addressing the members of the fourth estate at the end of the meeting, NFA’s 1st Vice President Dr. Naftali Ngalangi, who is now the Acting NFA President, said, “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. We submitted this information to him, but until yesterday he has not refuted the report we gave him.”

Efforts to get hold of Mbisi through his two mobile phone numbers proved unsuccessful as both went unanswered at the time of publishing.

NFA is expected to hold an elective congress on 12th January 2019 and Ngalangi has promised that he will not be standing for the presidency.

“I will not stand for any position in the NFA at the next election. I have already served the NFA for eight years as a member and as the vice president and according to the Sports Act one is not allowed to serve more than 10 years as an executive member on a national body. So if I am elected to the (four-year) presidency I’ll contravene the Sports Act – I interrogated my own integrity and decided not to stand.”

Previously, Mbisi had been embroiled in nasty confrontations with fellow executive members over the manner in which he attempted to elbow the association’s long-serving Secretary-General Barry Rukoro out of office upon expiry of his employment contract in July this year.

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