10 May 2015 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) Otavi-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) team Touch & Go Football Club were on Saturday relegated to the North West First Division Stream after ending 14th on the log.
The 2014/15 NPL season came to an end on Saturday with the games being played at the different sports fields around the country.
Touch & Go went into their last game of the season hoping Rundu-based Julinho Sporting or Walvis Bay-based Eleven Arrows drop points for them to survive if they won their last game.
Despite winning their last game of the season 3-1 against Benfica at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb on Saturday, Touch & Go were still relegated to the First Division for the 2015/16 season.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Touch & Go Public Relations Officer Jafta Gaoab said their aim is to fight their way back to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season.
On Saturday we played our hearts out to get the three points we really wanted, but it was not enough, because other teams that were also fighting relegation won their matches. We are now going back to the First Division and fight for promotion to the elite league, said Gaoab.
He added that their only concern at the moment is keeping all their players in the team and not losing them to Premier League sides.
These players now have the experience of playing in the NPL and there are teams that might be interested in getting a player or two to join them in the NPL, but as Touch & Go it will really be good if we keep all our players because it will be to our advantage if we want to win in the First Division and come back to the Premier League again, he stated.
With Touch & Go; Rebels and Benfica relegated to their respective First Division Streams, three new teams will be joining the NPL for the 2015/16 season.
Rundu Chiefs from the North East First Division Stream, Young Chiefs from the North West Stream and Flamingoes from the Southern Stream are all destined for the premier league.
In other games that were played in the league, Julinho Sporting beat United Stars 1-0, while in the battle between the two coastal teams - Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters - Arrows beat their arch rival 2-0 to secure a place in the NPL next season.
In a game played in Otjiwarongo between Orlando Pirates and Mighty Gunners, Pirates beat Gunners 2-1 to end sixth on the log with 50 points.
In Windhoek, NPL champions African Stars beat Tura Magic 3-2 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium while at the Unam Stadium Black Africa demolished Unam 6-0.
At the SKW Stadium in Olympia, Tigers beat relegated Rebels 2-1 and at the Independence Stadium, Citizens beat Civics 3-1.