Southern Stream First Division play-off date still unknown

11 Aug 2016 14:30pm
REHOBOTH, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Reho Madrid Football Club (FC) has lined up friendly games against Citizens FC and Osona Military School (OMS) in preparation for the Southern Stream First Division play-offs.
Citizens play in the Namibia Premier League (NPL), while OMS won the Otjozondjupa Second Division and are due to contest promotion matches for a spot in the North West First Division (NWFD).
The matches are set for Saturday in Rehoboth starting at 13h00.
Reho Madrid from Rehoboth decided to keep their players fit and motivated following the indefinite postponement of the play-offs that were initially slated for last month.
These matches are now on hold to sort out an issue with the OMS’s participation.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, owner and manager of Reho Madrid Malcolm van Wyk said the postponement of the play-off games demoralised his players, with some showing reluctance in attending training sessions.
“The lads were very disillusioned by the postponement at such short notice. We put in a lot of work with player conditioning and fitness so to hear such news was disappointing.
“We were ready to hit the ground running but what can we say. It was not in our hands. We don’t know until today why the games were postponed. We are still wondering why,” he said.
Van Wyk noted that preparations go 'hand in hand' with finances and that the team suffered losses due to the postponement.
“We made bookings with people to transport us and upon booking we paid a 50 per cent deposit, which we lost due to cancellation. The only way to keep my players fired up and motivated is to hold friendlies against stronger and different type of opponents.
“We want to be the best and for us to achieve that we have to play with strong teams such as OMS and Citizens to gauge on our strength and weaknesses,” said Van Wyk.
Southern Stream First Division Administrator Mervin Geiriseb told this agency recently that he was informed by Namibia Football Association (NFA) Secretary-General Barry Rukoro that the play-off dates will be communicated as soon as the OMS issue is resolved.
As per NFA Article 18, Clause 3 one owner - be it an individual or company - cannot have more than one team competing in the same division.
Tropical Heat; Eleven Warriors and OMS are all Namibian Defence Force teams. Tropical Heat and Eleven Warriors already play in the NWFD.
Until the issue is resolved, all three First Division Leagues – NWFD; Southern Stream First Division (SSFD); and North East First Division (NEFD) promotion games are on hold.
Meanwhile, the start date for the Namibia Premier League has been set for 16 September 2016.