TC and NPL call off awards

WINDHOEK: Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and the Namibia Premier League (NPL) have called off the MTC NPL Awards Ceremony indefinitely.

The awards ceremony, where the league champions and best performing players of the season were supposed to be announced, was set to take place on Friday.

A media statement availed to Nampa by the NPL on Wednesday quoted NPL chairperson Johnny Doeseb as saying it is regrettable that the awards will not proceed as planned.

“We have taken this decision after consultation with our main sponsor MTC, where we also briefed them on the developments regarding the African Stars issue. Our sponsors have been understanding and patient thus far and we would like to commend them for accommodating us to deal with this matter to the best of our ability,” said Doeseb.

He added that they are however aware that they need to speedily, but thoroughly, bring the matter to finality so not to damage the reputation of the “beautiful brand” associated with football.

“This is so owing to the fact that African Stars has taken the issue of football to court. Regardless of the above deplorable situation, our football-loving nation is hereby informed that their application which they lodged in the High Court has been duly opposed by us,” said Doeseb.

The NPL is still struggling to crown the 2013/14 league champions due to an incomplete match between African Stars Football Club (FC) and Orlando Pirates FC.

Stars, who are currently second on the NPL log with 45 points after beating Blue Boys 3-0 on Saturday, still have a an eight-minute match to play against Orlando Pirates.

A match between Stars and Pirates was abandoned when the floodlights at the Sam Nujoma Stadium went out due to a power failure in the area in March this year.

At the time, there were only eight minutes of play left on the clock, and Pirates were leading by 2-0.

Stars have now handed in an application to the High Court to stop the crowning of the league champions, and for a re-match with Orlando Pirates.