’We Will Be Back’

Following their relegation from the Namibia Premier League on Saturday, Touch amp Go Football Club have vowed to make a quick return to the elite division.

Despite beating Benfica 3-1 in their final game of the season at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, Touch amp Go were demoted to the North West First Division Stream.

The 201415 NPL season came to an end on Saturday with the games being played at different sports fields around the country.

The Otavi-based side went into Saturday’s match hoping that victory over Benfica coupled with Julinho Sporting or Eleven Arrows dropping points would ensure their survival.

Prior to Saturday’s action, Touch amp Go public relations officer Jafta Gaoab had sensationally claimed that their rivals were allegedly plotting to fix the outcome of their matches as part of a conspiracy to see his side relegated.

However, speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Gaoab was only concerned with his side’s future, saying their aim was to return to the Premier League after next season.

“On Saturday we played our hearts out to get the three points we really wanted, but it was not enough, because other teams that were also fighting relegation won their matches. We are now going back to the first division and fight for promotion to the elite league,” said Gaoab.

He added that their immediate primary objective was keeping hold of their best players who have attracted the attention of the remaining premier league sides.

“These players now have the experience of playing in the NPL and there are teams that might be interested in getting a player or two to join them in the NPL, but as Touch amp Go it will really be good if we keep all our players because it will be to our aantage if we want to win in the First Division and come back to the Premier League again,” Gaoab said.

Along with Touch amp Go, Rebels and Benfica were also relegated to the first division, while three new teams will be joining the NPL fray for the 201516 season.

They are Rundu Chiefs from the North East First Division Stream, Young Chiefs from the North West First Division Stream and Flamingoes from the Southern Stream First Division are all destined for the premier league.

In other matches, Julinho Sporting beat United Stars 1-0 to ensure premiership football next season, while in the battle between the two coastal teams – Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters – Arrows beat their arch rival 2-0 to secure their place.

In Otjiwarongo, Orlando Pirates beat Mighty Gunners 2-1 to end sixth on the log with 50 points.

In Windhoek, NPL champions African Stars beat Tura Magic 3-2 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium while at the Unam Stadium Black Africa demolished Unam 6-0.

At the SKW Stadium, Tigers beat relegated Rebels 2-1 and at the Independence Stadium, Citizens beat Civics 3-1.


Source : The Namibian