Race in northern First Division Streams heating up

08 Apr 2014 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) – The race is heating up in the North-East and North-West First Division Streams to crown the 2013/2014 season winners.
“The log-standings at the moment cannot decide the winners, but consistency will be the key in the remaining games of the season,” said Bennett Munango, the football administrator of the two northern First Division streams.
He told Nampa from Rundu on Monday that any slip-up from the front-runners will spoil their dream of gaining promotion to the Premier League.
The Southern Stream First Division concluded in March this year, and Citizens Football Club (FC) ended top.
The winner in each of the three streams will gain promotion to the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Two more teams will be promoted to the elite league, and these teams will be decided in promotional play-offs between the runners-up of each of the three streams plus the NPL team which end second last at the end of the current season. The last team on the NPL log will be relegated.
The NPL will consist of 16 teams from next season onwards.
In the North-East First Division, Tsumeb-based Benfica FC are leading the log with 42 points, while Cuca Tops FC and Julinho Sporting FC, both from Rundu, are on 38 points each, with Oshikango Chiefs fourth on 36 points.
Munango said Cuca Tops and Julinho Sporting still have games in hand, but that does not guarantee their promotion to the Premier League.
Going into this weekend, Cuca Tops will be playing Young Rangers and log leaders Benfica, while Julinho Sporting will travel to the Zambezi Region to take on Katima Wanderers and King Fisher FC.
In the North-West First Division, the Otjiwarongo-based Namibian Defence Force team Mighty Gunners are still keeping their dreams alive of making a return to the NPL, as they were level on 35 points with Touch & Go from Otavi, but topped the log on goal difference before last weekend’s games.
“We did not yet update our North-West First Division Stream log-standing to see who is top now, as we are still waiting for the results and match reports.
Due to the Internet and fax machines not working properly in Rundu today, we will do it the soonest this technological error is sorted out,” said Munango.
He said their league could also have been done by now, but it suffered several delays.
“We are hoping to be done by 27 April, because we had to abandon a match between Golden Bees and Touch & Go, as a Touch & Go player beat up a referee.
The same thing happened between African Lions and Unam Ongongo, but in this case the team manager of African Lions fought the referee,” explained Munango.
Meanwhile, Citizens won the Southern Stream First Division and were promoted to the elite league next season.
Windhoek-based Citizens have also qualified for the semi-finals of the 2014 Bidvest Namibia Cup to be played on a date and venue yet to be announced.
Rebels FC, who ended second in the Southern Stream First Division, are waiting to see who they will play in the promotional play-offs.