Second division hustle for training fields
Namibia Premier League (NPL)’s Second Division’s underfunding has had the clubs struggling to pay for their training field sessions in preparation for their respective league matches.
Unlike the first division teams who got MTC on board and financially rescued the clubs after a cash sponsorship of N$750 000, equally shared by the southern and northern stream divisions, the financially beleaguered clubs from the second division are finding the going extremely thorny.
The second division outfits are the only teams with no official sponsorship while the first division clubs have each received N$20 000 as start-up capital.
City of Windhoek sport officer, Rafael Aluteni informed The Villager Sport that the clubs are finding it difficult to pay the N$300 fee charged per practice.
Aluteni added that the sport facilities belonging to the City of Windhoek and which are mainly used by the clubs, are the Sam Nujoma Stadium, John Ya Otto Stadium and the United Nations (UN) Plaza.
“The second division clubs, I must tell you, are struggling. As you know, they (clubs) use the Sam Nujoma Stadium B-field for their training sessions.
Facilities do not come cheap but we will not deprive the clubs from using the fields,” said Aluteni.
The sport officer added that there is lack of facilities for the second division sides and that there has been no problem encountered from the Premier League teams apart from a few teams in the third division that struggle to pay practice session fees to the City of Windhoek.
“I really feel for the second division teams whose players are mostly the country’s under-20’s as team officials find it very hard to sustain the clubs,” said Aluteni.
MTC’s generosity came in handy when it sponsored the 24 clubs of the third division teams bearing the company’s logo while the second division sides have no corporate Samaritans to boost the morale of their players.
Aluteni could not, at the time, disclose the total amount owed asserting that more needs to be done by the clubs themselves to source for sponsorship.
The title race of the Southern Stream First Division is between Tura Magic, Blue Boys and Monotronix; while the battle for top honours in the Northern Stream First Division is between Chief Santos, Rundu Chiefs and Outjo-based Golden Bees.
The first and second division matches are expected to conclude towards the end of next month.