African Stars suspension from all football activities is likely to be lifted according to the Namibian Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro.
Stars were expelled from all football activities for two full seasons on the 28 July after 10 clubs in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) voted for the move at the extra-ordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the league that was held on the 24 July.
“We are still in the 14 day of appeal from Stars.
“After the 14th day elapses it is when we will finally have the final conclusion to the whole issue,” said Rukoro.
Asked if Stars suspensions includes that of participations in the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup, Bidvest Namibia Cup and the Standard Bank Super Cup, Rukoro refused to be drawn into the conversation.
Stars winners of the Bidvest Cup are set to play Black Africa winners of the MTC/NPL in August.
“I am going for another meeting but we can discuss now.
“It will be premature to discuss about it at this stage.
As I said let the 14th day elapses that is when we will see,” said Rukoro.
Stars chairman, Sydney Martin was also fined of N$ 200,000 for bringing the game of football into disrepute.
Stars suspension could benefit three clubs, Rundu Chiefs, Blue Boys and Citizens but their hopes are now dished by Rukoro’s comments.
Chiefs and Blue Boys were relegated from the NPL last season and if all goes in their favour they will have to play out in the promotions battle to fill the gap that will be left by Stars as the 2014/15 will see 16 clubs in the league compared to the initial 12 in the past seasons.
At the moment there are only 15 clubs, namely BA, Blue Waters, Civics, Orlando Pirates, Tigers, Tura Magic, United Stars, Citizens, Mighty Gunners, Rebels, Benfica, Julinho, Eleven Arrows, Ramblers and Tough and Go.
Chief Administrators of the NPL, Tovey //Hoebeb said the board of governors (BOG) will have to seat down and see how they can fill Stars position.
“The board will have to seat down and see how the position will be filled,” said //Hoebeb.
Stars are today the only club in the country that can attract thousands of supporters at stadiums week in week out over the years and their suspension will see those packed stadiums turning into white elephants that even Johnny Doeseb chairman of the NPL who pulled the plug on Stars has been crying for packed stadiums.
Stars have won the NPL on two occasions in 2008 and 2009 and they are also joint toformer NPL side Chief Santos of Tsumeb as the two most successful sides in the Bidvest Cup.
Stars won the cup in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014 and they also won the NPL league cup in 2012.
Last season’s Bidvest Cup finalist, Citizens will also benefit by playing in the first edition of the Standard Bank Namibia Super Cup scheduled for 30 August at the Sam Nujoma Stadium if Stars suspensions is not lifted.
Citizens chairman, Dawid Goagoseb also confirmed to The Villager Sport desk that it is his side’s dream to play in the Super Cup.
“We hope to benefit from that (suspension) and it will be good if we play in the cup as we were the runners-up in the Bidvest Cup,” said Goagoseb.