Namibia Premier League to kick off 20 Oct.
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League (NPL) will kick off next Friday.
Marley Ngarizemo, owner of Young African Football Club and a member of the NPL Executive Committee, told Nampa on Thursday all 16 clubs have been informed and are aware of the league kick-off date.
On Wednesday, the NPL held its Board of Governors meeting here and adopted the fixtures and budget for the 2017/18 NPL season.
“We do not want to say anything when it comes to sponsorship. The sponsors have asked us to leave that to them so they can pronounce themselves on what they are giving and for how long by early next week,” Ngarizemo said.
He added that all NPL teams attended the meeting.
“The majority of the teams went into that meeting positive that the league will kick off. Nobody showed that they are not going to play football,” he said.
Ngarizemo said clubs that miss their first three consecutive games will automatically be expelled from the league, so it would be wise for teams that have any administrative issues to communicate with the league early.
The NPL found itself without a sponsor following the expiry of a three-year sponsorship deal with Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) last year.
The league then presented a N.dollars 24 million budget, but MTC only availed N.dollars 15 million on condition that the NPL sources the extra N.dollars 9 million.
Efforts to source the extra money by the NPL proved futile, leading to the abandonment of the start of the 2016/2017 league.