Stars to host tourney

Premier league clubs will be in action over the weekend, thanks to a tournament organised by African Stars.

23 October 2019 | Sports

African Stars will be hosting a tournament this weekend in the capital at the Sam Nujoma Stadium from Friday to Sunday.

The tournament will see 10 premier league clubs battling it out with Stars, in an attempt to keep their players fit before the start of the new season.

Eleven Arrows, Blue Waters, Mighty Gunners, Unam FC, Tura Magic, Young Brazilians FC, Life Fighters, Okahandja United, Citizens FC and Julinho Sporting have all confirmed their participation.

The African Stars management is appealing to corporate Namibia and any individuals who are willing to sponsor the tournament to come onboard.

The club's director Salomo Hei said the tournament is aimed at keeping the players active during this difficult time when the premier league has not yet kicked off.

“The aim of the tournament is to get the players ready for the new season and to breathe life into the football economy.

“The football economy consists, amongst others, of SME vendors, security guards and most importantly the players that make a living out of it,” Hei said.

The money generated from the gate-takings will be shared between the participating clubs.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to invite corporate Namibia to assist with this event in any form, in order to make this tournament a success,” Hei added.

The MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) is currently under suspension from the Fifa normalisation committee.

League football in the country has been on hold since after 2018/19 season, which ended with Black Africa winning the title.

The first division streams did not kick off during the 2018/19 season and there was therefore no one to promote in the place of Orlando Pirates and Civics, who were relegated at the end of the premier league season. Young African were demoted for fielding a foreign player under a fake name.

Clubs, league officials and the normalisation committee are currently in the process of finding an amicable solution to the impasse.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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