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Black Africa gear up for Champions League

Mon, 17 June 2013 02:06
by Michael Uugwanga

Black Africa’s chairman Ranga Haikali said his club will compete in the Orange African Champions League next season.
Civics was the latest club from Namibia that took part in the competition, way back in 2006.
BA, being the champions for three consecutive seasons now, also took part in 2000 but withdrew from the competition despite progressing to the first round from the preliminary stages.
BA overcame Botswana’s club Notwane 5-3 on aggregate in the preliminary round but due to financial constrains, The Namibians withdrew from the competition.
A club is required to fork out at least U$100 000 (N$800 000) to compete in that competition.
Haikali thus said he will use whatever resources available to make sure that the people of Katutura especially BA supporters, have a chance to see champions league football again.
The past two season BA couldn’t take part in the champions league due to Confederation of African Football (CAF’s) short notice regarding  registrations said Haikali.
This time, he believes,  there will not be any repeat of the past two seasons and adds that his club will take part in every season’s event if they continue winning league titles.
MTC Premiership chairman, Johnny Johnson Doeseb promised that the league will provide N$ 500 000 additional funds to BA as part of their participation in the champions league.
Meanwhile, teams that goes through a preliminary round of the champions league are not provided with funds by CAF,  but Haikali welcomes the NPL move.
Haikali is also appealing to the Namibian Football Association (NFA) to contact CAF in order for Southern African Development Countries (SADC) clubs to play each other, in the preliminaries to reduce costs.
“We are proposing to the NFA to communicate to CAF because and it can only be done through a football association. Imagine you going to North Africa to play in the preliminary round. The distance is a factor,” said Haikali.
On the question of how Black Africa as MTC Premiership champions intend to spend N$1 million, he said it will be shared among the players and the management’
“ A 50% of the money will go to the players and the other 50% will go the club’s coffers,” he says.
BA spends N$2.2 million every season on player salaries, administration and bonuses every month for players for winning matches.
He adds that the prize money for the league winners is therefore not enough.
Haikali also said he is planning to reduce his share to 50% if the club can sustain itsself  through sponsorship revenue, so that it runs on its own, but assured that he will still stick around with the club for a longer while.
“My commitment to BA is to have 100% shares but if the club can generate its own money, than I will reduce my shares,” says Haikali.
He adds that Black Africa will release some players to some European clubs, but was not able to mention the individual players who are destined for  greener pastures.
The team will also have its prize giving ceremony on 22 June.