The Namibian (Windhoek)

29 November 2012

Namibia: First Division Restructure On NFA Congress Agenda

THE Namibia Football Association (NFA) will consider restructuring the nationwide first division during its 22nd annual congress which will be held in Outapi on Saturday.

According to NFA secretary general Barry Rukoro, the current composition of the Namibia Premier League does not give an accurate reflection of a national league.

Almost half of the country’s population lives north of Windhoek but there are only two teams in the elite football division from that part of Namibia, he said.

“We are facing a danger and it is very big and very catastrophic indeed. We are facing a situation whereby we can one day have about 95 percent of the clubs in the elite league all from Windhoek. We have to take a stand now and make a decision that will prevent this unfortunate scenario,” Rukoro said.

“We are being denied the opportunity as a country to exploit the full football potential of some other players in that part of the country. We need a remedy.”

Currently, five of the 13 regions are part of the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) while remaining eight regions belong to the Northern Stream First Division (NSFD) with only one place allocated for promotion from each stream.

“We need to re-demarcate the northern stream and in a way too change the promotion procedures because of this imbalance. We have seen it and we need to rectify it and that is how we move forward as institutions,” said Rukoro.

“You must be in Rundu, Tsumeb or Opuwo and still be able to play for a club in the Premier League which is very close to your area of residence.”

Another notable agenda point at the congress is a proposal from the Southern Stream that the operations of the nationwide first division be entirely under the auspices of the NPL.

The first division’s activity report, budget and financial reports will also be deliberated upon at Outapi Country Lodge on Saturday.

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