Namibia FA president Frans Mbidi impeached

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Namibia Football Association (NFA) vice-president Naftali Ngalangi will be the interim boss until January’s elective congress

The NFA has impeached their president Frans Mbidi over various allegations of misconduct, including bribery accusations.

Mbidi was fired by the NFA executive committee at a meeting which he failed to attend at the weekend. He has been informed of the decision, according to the Namibia Broadcasting Cooperation.

Vice president Ngalangi will hold temporary reign until a new president is voted in by the elective congress set for January 12.

Mbidi is accused of receiving illegal payments in the Morocco 2026 Fifa World Cup bid and could be prosecuted by the Namibian Anti-Corruption Commission. 

“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,” Ngalangi was quoted as saying by The Namibian.

“The two officials who accompanied him to Moscow, Barry Rukoro and Jacob Aindongo must open a case against Mbidi with the Anti-Corruption Commission.”

Mbidi could also lose his post as Cosafa vice-president. Disloyalty, rendering the NFA secretariat ungovernable, misrepresenting executive committee resolutions to Fifa and Caf as well as failing to convene executive committee meetings in due time, are all allegations formed against Mbidi.

The ex-NFA boss is yet to respond to the allegations or comment on his impeachment. 

“We requested a meeting on 2 October but he failed to answer so according to the statutes, the members can hold a meeting without him,” Ngalangi said.

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“The members can convene a meeting with or without the president - we invited him to come and chair the meeting, but we didn't receive any feedback from Mbidi so it was recorded as absent without apology.”

Ngalangi will however not stand for election for the four-year term NFA presidency at the January congress, having already served eight years as an executive committee member and vice-president.

The Namibian Sports Act forbids anyone from sitting in the executive committee of a national sports body for more than 10 years.

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