29 November 2012

Namibia: Too Many Windhoek Teams in First Division - Rukoro

Windhoek — Possible re-demarcation of the nationwide first division is on the cards this Saturday as the Namibia Football Association (NFA) holds its 22nd Congress at the Outapi Country Lodge.

According to NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro, the NFA is worried about the increasing number of teams in the premier league which hail from the Khomas Region.

"We are faced with a very disturbing problem here, as we are facing a situation whereby one day we will have about 95 percent of all clubs in the elite league only from Windhoek. We have to take a stand now and make a decision that will prevent this unfortunate scenario," said Rukoro.

He explained that the possible re-demarcation is based on the fact that almost half of the Namibian population resides in the northern regions of the country, adding that more needs to be done to upgrade and introduce more teams from other regions.

"Footballers, particularly in the northern part of Namibia, are denied the opportunity to exploit their full potential and we as an FA need to find a remedy as soon as possible."

Currently five regions are part of the Southern Stream first division, while eight regions are affiliated to the Northern Stream first division with only one place for promotion of a team from each of the streams.

"We need to restructure the northern stream in a way that will eradicate all imbalances and also change procedures of how teams gain promotion to the elite league. We have seen it and we need to rectify it, since that's the only way football in Namibia can move forward. We cannot afford a situation where you only have players from the central part of the country play for premier league clubs," charged Rukoro.

Another important issue that will be topping the agenda during the congress will be the proposal from the Southern Stream first division that the operations of all first divisions should resort under the auspices of the Namibia Premier League (NPL).

The association's activity report, budget and financial reports will also be among issues to be discussed.

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