Rundu Chiefs relegated to North-East First Division Stream

WINDHOEK: Rundu-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Rundu Chiefs have been relegated to the North-East First Division Stream.

The NPL hosted promotional play-offs in Tsumeb this 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.

Rundu Chiefs played against Mighty Gunners from Otjiwarongo from the North-West First division; Windhoek-based Rebels from the Southern stream and Tsumeb-based North-East Stream runner up Benfica.

After three games each between the four teams that participated in the play-offs, Mighty Gunners, Rebels, and Benfica booked their spots in the 2014/15 Namibia Premier League with Rundu Chiefs relegated to first division football.

A media statement availed to Nampa by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Sunday said home side Benfica beat Rundu Chiefs 1-0 courtesy of an Uda Kambanda goal, while Windhoek-based Rebels edged out Gunners 4-2.

Gunners then thumped Chiefs 3-1, while Rebels and Benfica played to a goalless draw. Mighty Gunners got their second win of the play-offs with a 3-2 win over Benfica on Sunday. John Ndjalo, Augustinius Kadhila and Ambondo Mwaala scored for Gunners, with Josephat Kwedhi and Josef Katutura on target for Benfica.

Rundu Chiefs finally got their first win of the play-offs on Sunday as they defeated Rebels 2-1 to finish at the bottom of the table with three points. Gunners finished tops on six points with Benfica in second place on four points, the same number of points as third-placed Rebels.

The results mean Gunners are back in the big league along with Benfica and the impressive Rebels, while Chiefs will contest the North-East First Division next season.

In the same statement Gunners coach Veno Namolo was quoted as saying his team does not want to go back to first division football again.

“Like I said last week, we had to go there and do the business and yes, Rebels were tough and they beat us, but we got two wins from other teams, and we are through. It is very pleasing, and the boys are happy about it. Now we have to go back and plan better for next season. We don’t want to go back to the first division again. We deserve to be here,” said Namolo.