NPL big guns not playing DebMarine Namibia Cup
REHOBOTH, 19 APR (NAMPA) – Six Namibia Premier League (NPL) teams who threatened to boycott the Debmarine Namibia Cup have been omitted from the fixtures for the Round of 32 by the Namibian Football Association (NFA).
The clubs are Orlando Pirates, Black Africa, Tigers, African Stars, Blue Waters and Chief Santos.
Only 10 NPL clubs confirmed their participation in the competition. They are Civics, Life Fighters, Young African, Young Chiefs, Tura Magic, UNAM, Eleven Arrows, Rundu Chiefs, Citizens, Mighty Gunners.
These teams now join the competition in the Round of 32 stage.
In a letter addressed to all clubs participating in the Debmarine Cup, NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro said the reasons the six teams cited for not participating in the Debmarine Namibia Cup are the league not being inactive and no league sponsorship agreement being signed.
Organisers thus decided that Try Again, Bee Bob Brothers and Eastern Chiefs that were drawn to play against three of the six teams automatically qualify for the Round of 16.
Rukoro stated in the letter that the NFA will pay less attention to politics and concentrate on football matters.
The elimination matches of the Debmarine Cup for the first and second divisions teams were concluded last month.
Each club will receive N.dollars 18 000 for preparation all the way to the final, while the overall winner will walk away with N.dollars 500 000.
Below are the amended fixtures with venues:
Saturday, 22 April:
Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek
Rhino vs Young Beauties - 14h00
UNAM vs Eleven Champions - 16h00
Oscar Norich Stadium, Tsumeb
Young Chiefs vs Kantema Bullets – 13h00
Ogongo United vs Eleven Arrows - 15h00
Khuse vs Touch & Go - 17h00
Sunday, 23 April
Oscar Norich Stadium
King Fischer vs Tura Magic - 12h00
Civics vs Ohangwena Namibian Police Force - 14h00