Namibia Premier League team wins NFA tournament
19 Mar 2015 12:20pm
TSUMEB, 19 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibia Premier League (NPL) team won the first of its kind Namibia Football Association (NFA) talent identification mini cup tournament here on Wednesday.
The maiden edition of the NFA players search competition for the senior national football team was held in Tsumeb at the Oscar Norich Stadium.
The two days pilot project saw the best 20 players from each of the three first division streams compete with players selected from the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
The First Division is divided in three streams, which is the North East; North West and Southern Stream.
To qualify to the finals, the NPL team beat Southern Stream 3-1 in their opening game and North East 1-0 in their second game of the day, before they ended off Tuesday with another 1-0 victory over North West to end top of the group on nine points.
In the finals, NPL played North West who ended up second in the group after beating North East 1-0 and drawing 0-0 against Southern Stream to collect four points.
NPL overcame the North West team 7-5 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in 60 minutes of football.
Addressing the players during the trophy and medals handing over ceremony, NFA president Frans Mbidi said he was pleased with the talent that he saw at the first ever talent identification tournament.
'This initiative will not end here and I am looking forward to one day seeing all of you making the senior national team with the fine football that you displayed here. I know not everyone was selected for the brave warriors shadow team, but please keep on working hard as your time will also come,' said Mbidi.
The Southern stream won the third place bronze medal after defeating North West 2-0 in their third and fourth place play-off.