Black Africa leadership under Adams wins court fight

Thomas Adams and Sylvester Goraseb

The current leadership of Black Africa Sports Club has won a High Court case in which its control of the club was disputed by a rival leadership faction.

In a judgement delivered in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, judge Herman Oosthuizen dismissed an application to have the club’s current leadership, under acting chairperson Thomas Adams, stopped from using the name, logo, brand and assets of the club.

Oosthuizen found that the valid constitution of Black Africa Sports Club dates from 2020, and that a constitution dating from 2023 is invalid.

The judge also found that the executive committee of a faction also operating under the name Black Africa Sports Club, with Okeri Mbingeneeko as chairperson, is not the club’s legitimate leadership and does not have the legal standing to take action in the club’s name.

Black Africa Sports Club, which was relegated from the Namibia Premier Football League at the end of the 2022/23 season, is now playing in the Southern Stream First Division, with former Brave Warriors player Sylvester ‘Lolo’ Goraseb as part of the team’s management.

The division suspended the club in December over a failure to honour its matches.

The suspension was a consequence of a power struggle which resulted in two factions vying for control, resulting in two different teams showing up for the club’s matches. They were docked points for forfeiting matches.

Black Africa, which is Namibia’s most decorated football club, belatedly kicked off its campaign in the Southern Stream First Division at the beginning of March and are positioned second last on the division’s log.

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