19 Dec 2017 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) The first leg of the 2017/18 season was a success considering the circumstances under which the league started, the Namibia Premier League (NPL) Executive Committee has said.
Speaking during a media briefing in Windhoek on Monday where he addressed a wide range of issues related to the league, NPL chairperson Patrick Kauta commended the clubs and sponsors for working tirelessly to make sure the season kicks off following a 17-month hiatus.
We do not profess to have a monopoly of wisdom over this product as you all know that we started the league under difficult circumstances on 20 October. When we started the idea was to play a few games and leave a balance of three rounds of matches for all the teams to start the second round with in February 2018, he said.
But the postponement of the Debmarine Namibia Cup provided an opportunity for the league to squeeze in a few more games before the end of the year.
Kauta added that as a league they are facing problems when it comes to double header matches over a weekend.
The argument gets lost on why we play double headers. You will notice that there are eight teams from Windhoek, which is 50 per cent of the entire league. We then have two teams at the coast and Otjiwarongo and one team each in Gobabis, Rundu, Tsumeb and Oshakati, he explained.
He said if the NPL had to play one match a weekend, that would benefit the teams in Windhoek when it comes to logistics like transport and accommodation.
Kauta said the biggest cost of managing football in Namibia is transport and accommodation, meaning that a team from Rundu or Oshakati will have to travel to Windhoek alone eight times, compared to the current four times.
He added that they are looking at finding a balance in the second round matches for teams.
The clubs used 40 per cent of their budget allocation for the season.
We will distribute the remaining 60 per cent of the money in the second round. Unfortunately currently, we do not do a follow-up to the clubs to see how they used the money, Kauta said.
The 2017/18 NPL started on 20 October with the first round fixtures being completed on 17 December 2017.
The second leg fixtures are expected to resume early in February 2018, depending on how the Brave Warriors fare at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.