Civics and Pirates relegated

26 May 2019 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAY (NAMPA) – Civics Football Club and Orlando Pirates were officially relegated from the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) on Saturday despite registering a win and draw respectively in their last matches of the season.
Civics saved the best for last and dispatched Otjiwarongo-based Life Fighters 4-2, a result which meant they end the season in position 14 with 28 points.
Fighters have 41 points and finished the season in the fifth position.
Meanwhile Pirates came from behind to draw 2-2 with new boys Young Brazilians, who in the process managed to secure their status in the top flight for the next season.
The team from Karasburg needed a point in their last match as a defeat for them and a victory for Civics would have instead seen them dropping down to the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD).
They ended the season with 29 points in position 13, with a massive goal difference of minus 21.
Another team that needed a point to guarantee their position on the log was Okahandja United, who duly managed to do that following a 0-0 draw with Eleven Arrows, who managed to sneak into the top eight.
United ended the season with 29 points in 12th position, one point behind 11th placed Blue Waters.
Arrows have 36 points, one better than Tigers who have 35 and are in position nine.
Tigers had hoped the 5-1 mauling of Mighty Gunners Friday night would be enough to secure them a top eight finish.
Despite the heavy defeat, Gunners however managed to finish sixth on the log.
Waters drew 1-1 with Citizens in Windhoek, a result which sees Citizens finishing seventh on the log with 39 points.
Also on Friday, Waters managed to maintain their NPL status via a 1-0 victory over United, while Arrows denied Fighters a third spot by beating them 2-0.
The top four had already been decided before the final matches of the season, with Black Africa being crowned champions two weeks ago, while African Stars came second followed by Tura Magic in third and University of Namibia in fourth place.
The final log standing means Young African, Civics and Orlando Pirates will have to negotiate the tough SSFD before being able to bounce back to the NPL.
It is however still not clear who will be promoted for the upcoming season as the three first division streams have not played a single match yet.
NPL chairperson Patrick Kauta has suggested that the NPL kick off with 13 teams next season if the first division teams fail to play due to lack of funds.