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Lighting at football stadiums, serious concern

by John Tuerijama

Local Premiership football action slated for late evenings have been negatively affected in the past by poor floodlights at sports fields but the situation could soon be a thing of the past in the 2012/13 season kicking off in September.
Poor lighting at most of the soccer fields has been exacerbated by poor maintenance, which at times, has seen Premier League matches being delayed for over 30 minutes.
Due to the floodlights at the Independence Stadium and the Sam Nujoma the Namibia Premier League (NPL) has seen it fit to stage most of the football matches during the day.
To ensure that the situation does not repeat itself, the NPL management committee member for technical affairs, Tim Isaacks, has been instructed to inspect the playing fields across the country mostly in towns where there are Premier League teams.
The inspection has to be concluded before the end of this month as the findings and recommendations are to be presented at the NPL’s extraordinary annual general assembly slated for 1st September.
Isaacks told V-Sports that apart from the poor lighting, his inspection will, amongst others, look at the state of the pitches, ablution facilities and the general condition of the stadiums (basically, whether or not the stadiums are fit to host Premier League matches).
“On Tuesday (today), we will inspect the Independence Stadium while on Thursday, we visit the Ramblers Stadium,” said Isaacks.
Isaacks who is also the Brave Warriors’ team manager, said the pitch (grass) at the SKW Stadium has been damaged by other sporting activities that are hosted there.
“The  other problem encountered in Walvis Bay is the Kuisebmund Stadium, which is currently under renovation, meaning, an alternative stadium has to be recommended as Walvis Bay is home to both Blue Waters and Eleven Arrows,” said Isaacks.
Other stadiums to be inspected during the cause of this week are the Rundu Sports Stadium, Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo and the Ramblers Stadium.
When asked of any possibility of having some matches at the NFA Technical Field, Isaacks said the stadium is not of international standard and thus, cannot host any Premier League football action.