More football for NPLBy: SHEEFENI NIKODEMUS
THE Namibia Premier League announced yesterday that a League Cup as well as a Knockout Cup will be part of its roster for the upcoming season.
Add the Namibia Football Association Cup and the country’s action-starved football fans will see their teams of choice vie for honours in four competitions for the first time in over a decade.
Last season the various divisions only had their respective leagues to contest.
The format of the two new tournaments will only be made public on September 1 once negotiations with the prospective sponsors have been finalised, acting NPL CEO Joshua Hoëbeb.
He hopes the new developments will spark improved interest in the game domestically.
“There was an outcry to have more competitions in the country. Our players were not getting enough action. We want to beef up the game and bring the crowds back to the stadiums,” he said.
“We plan to have one cup competition together with the first round of the league and the second one will be played in the second round along with the NFA Cup.”
League champions Black Africa are expected to begin their title defence with a derby against bitter rivals Orlando Pirates on September 15.
Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) face Ramblers away and Mighty Gunners host Tigers, with Eleven Arrows at home to Civics.
Newcomers Tura Magic begin life in the big league away to Blue Waters as fellow upstarts Rundu Chiefs are welcomed by African Stars.