Friday Jun 04, 2021. 09:00
The Namibian Football Association (NFA) has informed the leadership of the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) and all its affiliates that there will be no payment of monthly grants to teams until further notice.
In letter dated May 31, NFA secretary general Franco Cosmos informed NPFL director Mabos Vries and all the league’s member clubs that due to government’s new Covid-19 regulations (that have forced the suspension of all contact sports), the governing body has taken a decision not to pay monthly grants until restrictions are lifted and football resumes.
Football, netball, boxing, rugby, hockey, cricket, basketball, volleyball and wrestling are among the affected contact sports, while the new Covid-19 regulations will be in place until at least 30 June.
“Due to the latest protocols coming into effect from 1 June 2021, football will be inactive until further notice. Please be advised that the June 2021 grants will be disbursed once football is cleared to resume by the ministry of health,” Cosmos stated in the latter, as quoted by New Era.
The letter continues, “Monthly grants for the months of April and May 2021 have been disbursed during the month of April 2021. The grants for April were paid on the 16 April 2021 and the grants for May 2021 were paid on 27 April 2021. This was done to enable the members to honour their monthly expenses.”
New Era adds that Namibian clubs may be forced to “send players on a ‘no work, no pay’ hiatus while they await football to return”.