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Promotion hopefuls plan for NPL

Mon, 13 April 2015 13:28
by Andreas Kathindi
Sports

Three Namibia Premier
League (NPL) first-time
hopefuls are vying for a
promotion slot, with games
going down to the wire in the final
round on the Southern Stream first
division (SSFD).
All four clubs in the hunt for
promotion had previously never
played in the First division, and with
NPL promotion up for grabs, they are
relishing a chance to pit themselves
against the elites of Namibian club
football.
Going into the weekend games,
Kaizen coach, James Britz told The
Villager, “If we get promotion,
we’ll try and bring in new players
of course, hopefully experienced
players to mix in with the younger
players we have so far. We also
need to get a sponsor because we’re
doomed if we get into the Premier
League without a sponsor. Everyone
is looking to get promotion but
we’re looking very good. We have
a superior goal difference, so unless
some team scores 20 goals, we
should be fine.”
Kaizen will not have to face
any of the top five teams in their
final games of the season, but Britz
believes this situation will only make
securing promotion tougher for his
charges.
“The problem I have experienced
this season is that my boys tend to
do very well against the top sides but
struggle against teams lower in the
log,” he said. He explained, “I have
young boys. Most of my keys players
are 19-20 years old. They feel more
motivated when they play the top
sides, but don’t quite give their all
against the smaller teams.”
Britz further laid out plans for the
league, saying, “We want to work on
our youth structure. Currently, we
only have U-15s, but next season we
want to have U-7s through to U-11s.
We want to have a team playing in
the second division that can be our
feeder club while we focus on the
first team in the league. But I am
not thinking about the league for
now. I am not yet feeling secure of
promotion.”
Coincidentally, this comes days
after Namibia Football Association
(NFA) Secretary General warned
premier league teams failing
to adhere to proper FIFA rules,
including having proper youth
structures, of the repercussions.
Kaizen Football club dominated
the southern stream for much of
the league season, going into the
previous round three points clear
of the chasing pack. The team was
in scintillating form before the
break, beating sixth-placed Young
Brazilians 7-0.
Meanwhile, Try Again Football
club coach Quentin Visagie conceded
that grabbing a position spot was out
of their hands, understanding that
they would need the log leaders to
drop points.
“It’s out of our hands as it is,
but we still believe we can gain
promotion. It will definitely go down
to the wire. Should we get to the
premier league, our aim would be to
survive the first season, and not drop
back into the first division. We will
also need to add some quality to the
team.”
SSFD league administrator,
Mervin Geiriseb, was pleased at how
entertaining the season has been,
saying, “It has been very tight this
season. Not only at the top half of
the table but also the bottom half.
It is also of note that the top teams
fighting for promotion are in the
first division for the first time this
season.”
Former premier league
contestants, Ramblers FC and Desert
Rollers FC have both not been in
contention for promotion this season,
with Desert Rollers languishing at
the bottom of the log.