NPL divided on Debmarine Cup
A significant number of Namibia Premier League teams have decided not to participate in the Debmarine Namibia Cup.
The Namibia Premier League Board of Governors held a consultation meeting over the weekend in Windhoek to discuss different issues - among them the Deb Marine Cup which, is slated for later this month.
Teams’ representatives were divided on whether to play in the competition or not, as the mother body NFA does not agree with their request of postponing the competition.
According to Marly Ngarizemo, the owner of newly promoted Young Africans from Gobabis, seven out of 16 teams have decided to take part in the Cup.
“The problem is some of these call big teams do not have players, they haven’t even started with training. My team and other six teams will be playing, this is also good platform for us to prepare for the league come next month” added Ngarizemo.
One of the teams that NBC sport talked to is the league champions, Tigers Football Club.
According to Hafeni Hilundwa, his team stands in support of the February resolution that was taken by NPL, which says they will not take part in the Debmarine Cup unless the games are played after the league start.
NBC's efforts to get comment from the NPL interim leadership proved futile as they were allegedly locked up in meetings.
NFA have also not pronounce themselves on what will happen to team that refuse to partake in the competition, but according to close sources there will be a heavy penalty.