Mbidi calls on Tigers to compete in CAF champions league

14 Aug 2016 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - President of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Frans Mbidi has called on the 2015/16 Namibia Premier League (NPL) winners, Tigers Football Club, to participate in the next continental championship.
He said this during Tigers’ annual general meeting (AGM) held in the capital on Saturday.
The CAF Champions League is an annual international club football competition run by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which sees top clubs from Africa's football leagues compete among each other.
Mbidi said it is in the interest of the NFA to see local clubs participate in champions’ league competitions, as it will improve football in the country.
“The deadline for clubs to register for the league is near and being the champions of our league (NPL), I am calling on you to participate in Africa’s premier competition.
“I would love to see you compete with the best on the continent as this will improve our own local football and also make our national team have players that are experienced in playing in Africa,” he said.
Mbidi added that playing in the African champions’ league is an expensive exercise but is a step in the right direction if Namibian football is to develop.
“As the custodian of football in the country, the NFA executive committee and Tigers need to sit and talk so we can figure out a way on how to assist the team to participate in this expensive competition.
“As a team, Tigers need to find a way on how to maximise their income and compete in the competition, as a lot of Namibians would love to see you play the best on the continent, which is a good marketing tool for the club on the continent as well.”
Civics, Black Africa and African Stars have participated in the CAF competition preliminary round but never made it to the group stages.