It was our destiny to play in the NPL: Bock

WINDHOEK: Windhoek-based Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) runner-up Rebels Football Club (FC) are ready to rub shoulders with the big boys in the Namibia Premier League next season.

The Namibia Premier League (NPL) hosted promotional play-offs in Tsumeb over the weekend involving three clubs that finished second in the three first division streams, as well as Rundu Chiefs which ended in 11th place on the 2013/14 NPL log standings.

Mighty Gunners, Rebels, and Benfica booked their spots in the 2014/15 Namibia Premier League, with Rundu Chiefs relegated to first division football.

Rebels was the only team at the play-offs that has never played in the Namibia Premier League before, and next season they will join fellow SSFD winner Citizens FC, and Juninho Sporting FC from Rundu who will also be NPL first-timers.

Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Rebels coach Martin Bock said they made history by qualifying to ply their trade in the premier league next season.

“Hard work starts now because playing in the premier league will be a different ball game, but we are ready for it. We will just sign players to come enforce our defence, and striking position,” he said.

Bock added that their motto is self-improvement and being in the premier league next season will be a perfect opportunity for their players to showcase their talent.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but playing in the premier league was our destiny. We prepared well for the play-offs and it paid off, our players and management are happy and looking forward to next season,” he said.

Six new teams will be joining the 10 remaining NPL teams to make it 16 teams for the 2014/15 premier league season.

The promoted teams are Windhoek-based Citizens FC and Rebels FC, Rundu-based Juninho Sporting, Otavi’s Touch & Go, Tsumeb-based Benfica FC, and Otjiwarongo’s Mighty Gunners.