Action to be taken against United Stars for missing match

19 Jan 2015 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) has vowed to take disciplinary action against Rundu-based United Stars Football Club (FC) for failing to show up for the continuation of an abandoned match against Tura Magic FC here on Saturday.
The two NPL football clubs were scheduled to play the remaining 25 minutes of their match, which was abandoned in mid-play (at 4-1 in favour of Tura Magic) due to heavy rain at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 06 December 2014.
United Stars did not pitch up to play the remaining minutes of that match this past Saturday, while Tura Magic FC and the match officials all came to the stadium ready for action.
Tura Magic stood in the field for the 25 minutes they had to play.
NPL Chairman, Johnny Doeseb told Nampa on Sunday that the league prosecutor will look into the matter and the appropriate rules will then be applied to the case.
“There are applicable rules which specify action to be taken against a team that does not show up for a scheduled match. Those rules will be applied fully,” he said.
Upon enquiry, United Star's Public Relations Officer Daniel Namwira said the reason why they could not come to play the match was because their players are not yet back in Rundu from the holidays.
“We were required to use players that were on the field when the match was called off, and some of those players are not yet here while others are nursing injuries,” he said, adding that some players’ contracts have also expired.
Namwira stated that only seven of the 11 players who were on the field that day, have been training with the club since the beginning of this year.
“We have players like Pakathi Ngobani who is now not in the country, and he was one of those that were on the field that day. So, what are we supposed to do?” he questioned.
He added that the money which the NPL gave them to cover their expenses during the extra trip to Windhoek was also not enough.
“NPL only send us N.dollars 7000, and we needed more than that. That was also why we could not make it for the match,” he said.
Namwira noted that they are going to wait for whatever the NPL decides on the matter before they react.
“If they put something on paper for us, we will respond to them,” he said.
Tura Magic FC's coach, Timo Tjongarero said his team followed all the procedures and deserve to be awarded with the three points, especially because they (Tura Magic) were leading 4-1 at the time that the initial match was abandoned.