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NRU to challenge CAR decision

by John Tuerijama

The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) will challenge the Confederation of African Rugby on the decision taken recently to demote both Namibia and Morocco to the Car 1B Division Rugby Cup competition.
Weeks after Namibia’s poor performance at the International Rugby Board World Cup in New Zealand, the national rugby fraternity has been marred by activities contrary to positive development that is so dearly preached about by both the corporate world as well as Government.
NRU’s acting Chief Executive Officer Christopher Alexander informed The Villager that Namibia does not take kindly to the decision taken by Car executive to reduce the country’s status to the Car 1B category.
The CEO added that the challenge will be spearheaded by the new interim executive to be elected this coming Saturday at the Safari Court Hotel.
“Their very first task is to challenge the decision by Car but first we have to look at the procedures required to be followed before the new interim committee takes Car to task,” said Alexander. “It is simply not right as our reason for not taking part in the Car cup were communicated to Car way in advance as we did not have the funds, simple as that.”
If Namibia failed to convince Car to reverse its decision, the southern African country will be playing more matches in the 1B division.
“I do not think that the decision to demote us has any implication on the 2015 IRB World Cup qualifications,” said the acting CEO.
The meeting scheduled for Saturday will be behind closed doors with the representatives of the 23 affiliated rugby clubs and referees to elect an interim committee.
The 2015 qualification draw is not yet conducted but the acting CEO is confident Namibia will make an appearance to the IRB World Cup final to be hosted by the United Kingdom.
In just a few weeks after the IRB World Cup showdown Namibian rugby lovers witnessed some rather unpleasant developments within rugby following the untimely resignation of the entire rugby executive including the temporary suspension of the N$2.5m sponsorship by MTC.
With the so called negotiations still underway between the acting CEO and MTC on the possible sponsorship for the national side preparation for the 2012 Vodacom Cup campaign nothing concrete has yet come of it.