African Stars ask Fifa to reverse ban

Peter Adiwoh (back row second from left) with African Stars. File photo

Namibia premiership champions African Stars have approached Fifa to get their transfer ban revoked after settling their debt with Ghanaian striker Peter Ernest Adiwo, the club’s chairman Salomo Hei says.

The club was recently slapped with a ban from signing new players nationally and internationally, following Stars’ failure to settle its financial obligation towards their ex-player.

Stars were initially sanctioned to pay Adiwo N$180 000 after he approached Fifa over claims of unfair dismissal.

Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee found that Stars had breached their agreement with the Ghanaian and ruled that failure to compensate him during the prescribed period led to the transfer ban.

Speaking to Desert Radio this week, Hei said Adiwo had been paid the funds owed to him.

“In the meantime, what transpired is that the player continued and approached Fifa while he received the money. We obviously did not receive the audience, as the merit of the matter was given to Fifa,” Hei said.

Hei further said the initial communication from Fifa was done via an email address normally not used by the club, which caused the delay in handling the matter.

“We are dealing with the matter this week so that things get back to normal and have the ban lifted, upon us honouring the obligation set by Fifa,” Hei said.

He added that the current situation is a concern for the team’s management but they intend on resolving the matter with the hope of signing new players in the upcoming transfer window.

“We had a player that had a short-term working contract. We even wanted to renew the papers of this player. His papers were then not renewed for different reasons, one being that he is an international player,” Hei said of how the club found itself in hot water.

“His work permit being turned down is not only a Namibian phenomenon but a practice all over the world.”

The club’s figurehead wants the issue dealt with so that they can focus on plans for the upcoming season.

To that end, Stars has lined-up a pre-season engagement in Botswana, where they are invited to take part in a series of preparatory matches.

Hei said it is imperative for the club to embark on a pre-season drive, to ensure they are well prepared for a consecutive Confederation of African Football Champions League campaign.

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