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The Hardap regional governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has strongly denounced the illegal practices of alleged age cheating that led to the suspension of her region from the Namibian Newspaper Cup, calling for through investigation in the matter.

The Hardap regional under-20 football team was disqualified from its participation in the The Namibian Newspaper Cup held in Otjiwarongo over the Easter weekend for allegedly using ineligible players. The six players are said to be older than 20 years old and allegedly falsified their Identification Documents (IDs) in order to appear younger than they really are.

In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Friday, Himarwa confirmed that the disappointing news has reached her office. She added that as the governor she is disheartened to learn that her region is involved in such a shameful practice that she termed as an “expensive lesson” to be learned. Himarwa would like to see those to be found guilty eliminated from the football fraternity in order to restore the good reputation of Hardap region.

“What happened has given a bad image to the region, it is unethical and unacceptable. This sort of practices cannot be condoned and they are shameful to parents, the region and me as the governor” she said.

Upon learning the incident, the governor convened an urgent meeting with the regional executive football committee to acquaint herself on what transpired in Otjozondjupa region.

The regional committee has been ordered by the office of the governor to issue a public apology with immediate effect.

Himarwa is calling for a thorough investigation from both the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibian Police (NamPol) adding that this may not be the first time such a fraudulent practice is being carried out. “Parties involved should appoint credible people to verify all necessary documents so that the whole process can be fair,” she added.

The disappointed governor is against the idea of banning the region as a whole from future participation in the cup arguing that individuals should face the music instead of punishing innocent children of the Hardap region who were not part of the team.

She urged both NamPol officers who certify documents and football organizing committees across the country not to compromise their integrity for things that come and go while forgetting their long-term reputation.

It is only once the investigation is completed that the region will hear its fate on whether it will be wholly suspended from future tournaments of the Namibian Newspaper Cup.

(edited)WINDHOEK; The Hardap Regional Governor, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has called for an investigation into the allegations of age cheating which saw her region suspended from the 2013 The Namibian Newspaper Cup.

The Hardap regional under-20 football team was disqualified from its participation in the Newspaper Cup held in Otjiwarongo over the Easter weekend for allegedly using ineligible players. The six ineligible players were said to be older than 20 years old and allegedly falsified their Identification Documents (IDs) in order to create the false impression that they were younger than they actually are.

In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Friday, Hanse-Himarwa said the disappointing news has reached her office. She added that as governor, she was disheartened to learn that her region is involved in such a “shameful” practice which she called “an expensive lesson to be learned”.

She said she would like to see the guilty parties eliminated from the football fraternity in order to have the Hardap Region’s reputation restored.

“What happened has given the region a bad image, it is unethical and unacceptable. This sort of practice cannot be condoned and it is shameful to parents, the region and me as the governor,” she stated.

Upon learning of the incident, the governor convened an urgent meeting with the regional executive football committee to acquaint herself with what transpired at the football tournament in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The regional committee has been ordered by the office of the governor to issue a public apology with immediate effect.

Hanse-Himarwa is calling for a thorough investigation from both the Namibia Football Association (NFA) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), adding that this might not have been the first time something of this nature was carried out.

“Parties involved should appoint credible people to verify all necessary documents so that the whole process can be fair,” she added.

The disappointed governor is against the idea of banning the region as a whole from future participation in the annual tournament, arguing that the guilty individuals, instead of teams as a whole, should face the music.

The region will hear its fate once the investigation into the matter is completed.

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