Tsumeb, Gobabis and Grootfontein host First Division playoffs
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has announced the promotional playoffs dates for the three national first divisions with action taking place this weekend at Grootfontein, Gobabis and Tsumeb in search of seven teams to be promoted to the national first divisions.
NFA head of Competitions Titus Kunamuene confirms that at Grootfontein, the North-East First Division will hold trials for six regional clubs instead of the expected five will battle it out for two spot in the next season of the First Division.
Ohangwena NAMPOL from Ohangwena Region; KCR Western Stars from Kavango West and Young Stars from Oshikoto are in Group B, while Oshikoto NAMPOL of Oshikoto; Kangweru Black Tops from Kavango East and Bush Bucks from Zambezi Region are in Group A of the playoffs. Each group winner will join the First Division.
Action will start at 12h00 on Saturday at the Omulunga Stadium as Ohangwena NAMPOL takes on Western Stars to be followed by Black Tops versus Oshikoto NAMPOL. Two more games will be played before Sunday that will also have two games starting at 09h00.
“Normally you would have five teams but Young Rangers joins the playoffs too as they finished tenth in the First Division and so the clubs will play for two spots”, Kunamuene explains.
Down central, Legare Stadium in Gobabis will be the place to be as Reho Madrid from Hardap, Sports Klub Windhoek from Khomas and Kom Haal Hulle from Omaheke will be joined by Mountain Rangers from Karas Region and Erongo Region’s Northern Stars for some fierce competition for two spots in the next Southern Stream First Division season.
The first match 08h00 will be between Mountain Rangers against Reho Madrid to be followed by Kom Haal Hulle versus Sport Klub Windhoek at 10h00 as seven games takes place on Saturday and three more on Sunday.
The North West First Division playoffs will take place at the prestigious Oscar Norich Stadium with only four clubs; Africa Motto from Oshana region, UNAM Ogongo from Omusati; Etosha United from Kunene and Otjozondjupa’ s Military School Okahandja FC all vying for not two but three places in the first division next season.
“ Two teams were relegated and one won promotion to Premier League (Life Fighters) thus three spots up for grabs”, Kunamuene explains.
Action will start at 10h00 as Africa Motto and Military School Okahandja goes head to head with UNAM Ogongo and Etosha United to clash at 12h00. At 16h00 it will be Motto vs UNAM and Military School against United. Two more games will be played on Sunday from 09h00. Entrance to these games will be free .