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As part of the revised restrictions under stage 4 of government’s Covid-19 emergency response programme, President Hage Geingob on Friday announced that all contact sport activities will be held behind closed doors and no spectators will be allowed at venues. New Era senior sport journalist Otniel Hembapu caught up with former Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary general Barry Rukoro to talk about life post-NFA, his legacy, the current football politics and his love for farming; among a raft of other issues. In case, and I really mean just in case, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) fails in its last-ditch effort to try and mend the strained relationship between the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the country’s football governing body, the Namibia Football Association (NFA), then we, as a country and as football fanatics, should be open and ready for new and alternative football enterprises. The Namibia Premier League (NPL), which was expelled as a member of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) a few weeks ago, yesterday announced that it had established and registered a new professional league with the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA), and that it had also applied for membership with the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC). President of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Ranga Haikali, yesterday strongly shot down growing assertions that he and his entire executive committee members are captured by the self-styled Progress Forces group. I have always maintained, and never have I ever shied away from making clear my stance on the transformation and development of the local sports sector. Coastal giants and one of Namibia’s oldest football clubs, Blue Waters FC, yesterday distanced itself from a letter dated 6 August 2020, written by eight clubs to the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) and to sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, wherein the clubs blasted the minister and tried to influence the NSC. Former executive member of Black Africa FC, Cassius Moetie, yesterday wrote to the club’s supporters to inform them that the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has agreed to postpone/extend the deadline of 23 August for clubs to apply for membership with the planned NFA top tier league, so as to allow BA more time to put its house in order. The rambling brouhaha between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the expelled Namibia Premier League (NPL) has taken a strong grip on local football clubs and one such club feeling the snowball effect of the conflict is Citizens FC. This week, sports minister Agnes Tjongarero announced and unveiled the three members that will serve and form part of the national Appeals Committee, which will have a working relationship with both the line ministry and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC). A swarm of Black Africa Football Club (BA) supporters from the towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Arandis and Karibib in the Erongo region on Tuesday came out guns blazing, accusing the Namibia Football Association (NFA) of meddling in the club’s internal affairs. World football governing body Fifa on Friday wrote to acting secretary general of the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Franco Cosmos, responding to two letters dated 22 and 27 July 2020 sent to Fifa by the local football federation.