Windhoek matches called off due to waterlogged pitch

02 Mar 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) - The 2014 Bidvest Namibia Cup Last-16 Round matches that were scheduled for the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday were called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Kaizen Football Academy were set to face Ramblers at the stadium in the capital at 17h00, followed by Orlando Pirates versus defending champions African Stars at 21h00.
The matches were called off by the organising committee during a media briefing at the stadium just after 19h00.
Roger Kambatuku, chairperson of the NFA organising committee said they came to the decision after inspecting the pitch.
“We have taken a decision to postpone tonight’s games indefinitely. As a responsible institution, the NFA has considered the safety of the players and related issues that come with this kind of rain and have thus decided to call off the two matches,” he said.
Kambatuku added that a decision about when the games will take place will be taken at an appropriate time after consultations with all stakeholders.
“We have to go back and consult our stakeholders, the clubs, the league, the first divisions, the second divisions and our sponsor and decide on new dates and times,” he stated.
He noted that people who bought tickets for the matches should hold on to them as they will be valid for the new games.
Meanwhile, the matches scheduled for Saturday at Mariental and Gobabis went ahead as planned.
Tropical Heat from the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) in Grootfontein lost by a narrow margin of 2-1 at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis. Rundu’s United Stars defeated Blue Boys from Swakopmund with three goals to one, while Black Africa beat Blue Birds from Walvis Bay 5-1.
In Mariental, Tigers Football Club (FC) beat fellow premier league team Blue Waters 2-1, while Mountain Rangers held premier league outfit Rundu Chiefs to a two-all stalemate before seeing off Chiefs 4-1 on penalties.
Windhoek-based Citizens FC concluded the day’s matches at Mariental with a 5-1 win over home team Bee Bob Brothers.
Black Africa, United Stars, Tura Magic, Tigers FC, Rangers and Citizens FC will now go through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 Bidvest Namibia Cup.