The new season for both the Southern and Northern Streams First Divisions scheduled to kick off early this month might be delayed if their demands are not addressed.
Southern Stream First Division Chairman, Kenneth !Gaoseb told V-Sports that both streams will meet the Namibia Football Association (NFA) whom they accuse of dishonouring their commitment during the 2011/12 season.
“They have only used a portion of the money they promised. I cannot tell you the amount owned as they promised to commit N$ 500 000 which was to be shared equally by the two streams for their prize monies and other logistics,” said the disappointed chairman.
!Gaoseb said another burning issue they will discuss with the national football body is the Windhoek Declaration of 2010 which decided that the two streams must fall under the wings of the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
“We submitted that request to both the NFA and the NPL early last month with regard to the Windhoek Declaration for our integration into the NPL’s domain,” he said.
He added that the NPL committed N$375 000 each to the two streams which would have amounted to N$625 000 had the NFA committed their N$500 000.
“I cannot disclose the value of the combined budget for the new season hence we are seeking an audience with the NPL’s management committee this week. We have our request and conditions in the new budget but unfortunately it is not yet for public consumption.”
During the launch of the 2012/13 MTC premiership season at the NFA Soccer House it was announced that an amount of
N$750 000 has been earmarked for the two streams.
NPL’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joshua Hoebeb when contacted said the N$750 000 is just provisional while the NPL still awaits the teams’ budget proposals.
!Gaoseb further said the two streams are anticipating a pre-season tournament for their clubs depending on the resources at their disposal and that a team of inspectors will be visit the playing fields to see if they are fit to host the first division matches.
The Southern Stream First Division now has new comers to its fold; Celtic FC from Swakopmund, Bee Bob Brothers FC from Mariental and Hotspurs from the capital.