Young Chiefs dismiss relegation talk

19 Dec 2017 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - Young Chiefs coach Alexander Itumba says it is too early for him to start talking about relegation in the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
The 2017/18 NPL season’s first leg came to an end over the weekend with Young Chiefs finishing 15th on the log of 16 teams. The NPL second leg continues in February next year.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Itumba said he was not worried about his team’s standing on the log at the moment.
“For now we cannot talk of teams getting relegated, because the only team that is far on the log is Africa Stars, the rest of the teams are not far away from us, and if we win our game in hand against Rundu Chiefs and then three or four more games, we will be close to the top five teams,” said Itumba.
At the end of the first leg of the 2017/18 NPL season, African Stars took top of the log with 36 points, Tura Magic second on 29 points, Young Africa third with 28 points and Black Africa fourth on 27, with UNAM rounding up the top five positions with 25 points.
Young Chiefs in 15th position with 11 points are currently 14 points away from a spot in the top five and six points away from a spot in the top 10. Eleven Arrows is in the 10th position on 17 points, level with Blue Waters in 8th spot, Mighty Gunners in 7th and Citizens in 9th position.
Itumba said his team had a bad start to this year’s NPL season, but they are beginning to find their feet and will be ready when the second leg of the season kicks off.
“I re-joined the team while they already played six games and these boys know me very well, because we fought relegation together during the 2015/16 NPL season. I was the head coach when we survived relegation that year.”
He stated that he will only be worried about his team getting relegated if there were six games left in the league and his team was at the bottom of the log. Young Chiefs have 16 more games to play in the league.
Young Chiefs collected their first six points after beating Citizens 2-1 and UNAM with the same score margin over the weekend, to move from the bottom of the log where they were rooted since the start of the season.
Itumba is hopeful that with reinforcement, his team will close the six-point gap very fast.