Referees' decision "killed" our performance: Ramblers coach

09 Jan 2014 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 07 JAN (NAMPA) - Ramblers Football Club coach Jerry Zimmer has expressed concern over unfair decisions taken by local referees against his team during the first round of matches of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) 2013/2014 season.
Without elaborating on the apparent unfair decisions, Zimmer told Nampa on Thursday that some of the referees “killed” his players’ performance last year with the decisions taken during play.
“The referees were very bad last year, and I am really hoping that they are going to change this year,” he said.
Zimmer also expressed worry over the referees’ attendance, saying they were never on time for matches and most of the games never started on time.
He said referees who showed up late for Ramblers’ matches, had an impact on his players as it disturbed their focus.
The coach, however, said even though they are second last on the log, they are ready for this year, and a better performance can be expected of them this year.
Ramblers are in 11th position on the log with only eight points from two wins, two draws and four defeats, followed by Rundu Chiefs in last position.
“This year, we want to do better than the previous games and get out of the position we are. That is our main focus for the year,” he said.
The players started with training on Monday after the 2013 Christmas break.
They will take on Rundu Chiefs on 24 January this year.
“We have to win this match, and I am certain that we are going to win it,” said Zimmer.
He indicated that he is planning on bringing in at least three new players to add to the current squad.
In their last match on 21 December 2013, Ramblers beat Tura Magic 1-0.
Ramblers was founded in 1945, and won the NPL once in 1992.