Nerongo applauds underdog teams

03 May 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami


Netball Namibia (NN) secretary-general Imelda Nerongo said the inaugural MTC Namibia Netball Premier League (NNPL) season kicked off on a high note and that they are impressed with the underdog teams’ performances.

She said they are deemed underdogs as they have not been exposed to competition outside their region, using Dola Stars as an example.

“Though their results don’t reflect their competitiveness, their overall performance was good. This is a village team who to date only knew the dusty surface of netball from Divayi villlage.

“Another is team United 12, they also clinched one win from the weekend games. They made a surprise entry into the league, considering their region has been inactive for over 10 years,” she said.

“So, on a positive note, NN is very happy to know that the level of competition in the country will be improved widely with the introduction of this league.”

Bigger and better

The league was officially launched last week, with 12 teams drawn from 14 regions participating.

Regions will be divided into four zones, with the winners being promoted to the NNPL.

Overall, MTC has committed N$4.2 million for the next three years and the funds will be used to pay clubs a subsidy of N$60 000 to buy gear and remunerate umpires and match officials as well as other logistics.

The teams participating in this year’s league are: Youngsters Netball Club from the Omusati Region; Dola Stars from Kavango East; Eleven Arrows from Erongo; Golden Girls from Omaheke; Grootfontein Netball Club from Otjozondjupa; Mighty Gunners from Otjozondjupa; Namibia Correctional Services Netball Club from Khomas; Namibia National Navy Netball Club from Erongo; Tigers Netball Club from Khomas; Rebels Netball Club from Omusati; Rundu Chiefs Netball Club from Kavango East, and United 12 Netball Club from //Karas.

The teams are playing for the top prize of N$40 000, a trophy and medals. The runners-up will get N$35 000, while the third-placed team will walk away with N$25 000.

Four teams will be relegated to their respective regional leagues, while a promotional tournament will be held every October.

- Additional information from Nampa