National First Division League scheduled to kick off in March

21 Feb 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) - The MTC Namibia First Division League is scheduled to kick-off in the second weekend of March 2018.
The league, which is divided into three divisions namely, the North-West, North-East and Southern Stream First Division leagues - has been inactive for the past two years due to a lack of sponsorships.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Southern Stream First Division Chairperson Kenneth Gaoseb said they sought an audience with the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to iron out all the problems which caused the league delays, and he is positive the First Division League will definitely start in March.
“We were supposed to start with the league over the weekend of 03 March but due to the Debmarine Namibia Cup preliminary round which the First Division teams compete in, we were left with no other option but to move it to another date,” he said.
Gaoseb said the start of the league was made possible due to an agreement between the NPL and the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
“For every stream to run its operations the whole season we need N.dollars 1 million each, but since there are no funds it was decided at our meeting that the NFA will advance N.dollars 300 000 per stream and the NPL will then settle the remaining N.dollars 700 000 when the funds become available,” he said.
He added that since the NPL is supposed to be responsible for the First Division’s financial affairs, the advanced N.dollars 300 000 per stream by the NFA will be paid back by the NPL when they sort out their financial problems.
The Southern Stream First Division chairperson stated that they have already communicated with all the clubs involved in the league with regards to the kick-off.
An official announcement will however be made next week when the NFA president and secretary general return from Nigeria, where they are attending a Confederation of African Football conference.