23 Oct 2017 11:20am
REHOBOTH, 23 OCT (NAMPA) The opening games of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) produced 43 goals over the first two rounds played at various football fields this past weekend and were witnessed by large crowds of people.
After an absence of 16 months because of a lack of sponsorship, the NPL returned with a bang with African Stars, also known as the Samba Boys, scoring eight goals and sitting on top of the log.
NPL Administrator Joshua Tovey ||Hoëbeb told Nampa on Monday he is happy with how things went in the opening rounds.
One could sense and see the happiness of people with the return of football. The attendance at matches proved that Namibians missed football, ||Hoëbeb said.
He said various businesses also benefited from the return of games.
The people selling refreshments, taxi drivers, bed and breakfast outlets all benefitted this past weekend. Their economic situation has once again been boosted with the return of the peoples game, he added.
Asked what action the NPL plans to take against defending NPL champions Tigers for not honouring their two opening fixtures against Citizens and UNAM, ||Hoëbeb said they are still waiting for match reports and will take a decision in due course.
At this point in time I will not be able to say anything, he said.
Tigers, Black Africa and Orlando Pirates last week wrote a letter through their lawyers to the NPL stating that they would not take part in the opening games as they did not have enough time to prepare.
They asked for the league to give them at least six weeks to prepare, but their request was turned down.
Black Africa and Orlando Pirates, however, showed up for their games.
Below are some numbers from the weekend games:
43 - Total number of goals scored
29 - Total number of away goals scored
14 - Total number of home goals scored
5 - Most goals scored in a match by one team
6 - Total number of clean sheets by goalkeepers
3.07 - Average goals per match
2 - Number of wins by home teams
9 - Number of wins by away teams