National First Division League to Kick Off Over Weekend

The league, which is divided into three divisions – the North-West, North-East and Southern Stream First Division leagues – was postponed from its initial kick-off date of 1 and 2 November.

That delay was necessitated by the actions of experienced Namibia Premier League (NPL) referees who decided to stay away from the games due to pending issues they wanted sorted out.

Referees from grassroots level and the First Division were then sanctioned to handle all the NPL games, which started on 11 October.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, NPL Southern Stream First Division Administrator Mervin Geiriseb said all of the problems which caused the delay have been sorted out, and the league will definitely start this weekend.

“We were supposed to start with the league last week, but due to the Premier League referees going on strike, we were left with no other option but to wait for them to resolve their problems with their mother-body because our guys stepped in to help with the officiating of the games. But all is set now and come this weekend, the First Division leagues will kick off,” said Geiriseb.

The North East First Division matches will be played in Rundu, Divundu and Katima.

The North West First Division games will be played in Oshakati, Tsandi, Ogongo, Outjo and Otjiwarongo, while the Southern Stream First Division will be contested in Keetmanshoop, Karasburg, Mariental, Rehoboth and Gobabis


Source : The Namibian