22 November 2012

Namibia: Northern Stream First Division Fast-Tracks Kick Off Date

THE Northern Stream First Division (NSFD) plans to kick off their 2012-13 campaign next month, according to league administrator Bennet Munango.

Munango said the NSFD was negotiating with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) in a bid to get the league started.

Yesterday The Namibian Sport reported that the two first divisions would only kick off next year, once the NFA settled its debt with the second-tier football clubs.

The NFA still owes both the NSFD and Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) clubs start-up capital of N$10 000 each from last season. The prize money of the four clubs that finished the last season in second and third place in the respective divisions is also outstanding.

While the Southern Stream First Division is only expected to start in “late January or early February” next year, the NSFD want their campaign up and running before the end of this year.

“We are working on an internal arrangement in order for us to kick off in early December,” Munango said.

“We acknowledge that there is money owed to the clubs by the NFA but we agreed at the AGM for us to move forward with the league's kick-off.

“The paperwork for the registration is complete. Most of the teams have received half of their start-up capital N$5 000). They still need to pay their affiliation and registration fees (N$5 700)which they can settle once the money comes through from the NFA,” he said.

The NSFD has arranged a pre-season tournament to help ease the various teams into league action, Munango added.

“We started with the the tournament in Rundu last weekend and the final round will be held this coming weekend. Unfortunately only eight teams are participating as the other four could not make it due to financial problems,” Munango said.

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