African Stars receive praise from FIFA president

WINDHOEK: The 2014/15 Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions, African Stars, received praise from Federation of International Football Associations’ (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter for winning the league.

A media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Monday said Blatter’s congratulatory message was part of a letter he sent to NFA president Frans Mbidi.

African Stars won the Premiership last Sunday following their 4-0 rout of relegated side, Rebels, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

With one game to go, Stars were crowned champions with 65 points, seven points ahead of second placed, four-time league winners Black Africa.

Blatter asked Mbidi to pass on his personal congratulations, along with those of the whole football family, to African Stars on their performance.

“A national victory is a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to draw satisfaction from a job well done,” he wrote.

Blatter also mentioned Stars’ perseverance throughout the season, saying behind this success is the belief and effort of everyone involved.

“This is a true victory for the team and all deserve a share in the accolades; the players, the coach, medical and technical staff, and not least, the loyal fans. The dynamism and commitment of the African Stars team has enabled them to win,” he said.

The FIFA president also reminded African Stars of the power of football.

“Football is proving more than ever that it can transcend traditional boundaries to become a real driver of development and it is truly a school for life. I am convinced that everyone, and in particular the young people of today, can benefit from playing football on both a social and personal level,” Blatter wrote.

Stars will play their last match of the season on Saturday against Tura Magic. The match starts at 15h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.