NPL transfer market quiet
There has been very little movement on the local football transfer market, which opened on 23 January, with only two players having been transferred to leagues outside of the country, the Windhoek Observer has established.
Namibia Premier League (NPL) Front Desk and Registration Officer, Lorraine Gowases, told the Windhoek Observer on Tuesday that no single player had been registered so far for the league or the DebMarine Namibia Cup, which starts this weekend.
The only confirmed international transfers are those of Tigers Football Club’s Absalom Iimbondi, who is on loan to Botswana’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs, and former University of Pretoria and Tigers defender, Willem Mwedihanga, who has moved to South Africa’s Platinum Stars.
“For all we know, teams might still be busy buying players, but I don’t have anything communicated in that regard. The window period opened on 23 January and will close on 13 April 2017,” Gowases said.
“The minimum number of players to be registered with any club within the NPL is 30; having said that, it is not all clubs that register 30 players in total. Some register 24.
“We honestly cannot determine how many players are likely to be registered for the upcoming season. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
“If a club wants to register a foreign player, the club has to request in writing that they need a motivational letter from the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to help in obtaining a visa for the said player, and the NFA will provide the motivational letter. The club has to make sure a certified copy of the player’s passport is attached to this letter.
“If and when clubs register their players, they should make sure that all the required documents are attached, as per the NFA communication to all members, before any player can be registered,” said Gowases.
The DebMarine Namibia Cup will start this weekend, with the elimination rounds for the first and second division teams.
The winners this weekend will then join the NPL clubs, with each club in the round of 32 expected to receive N$18,000, while the overall winners will walk away with N$500,000. DebMarine has committed N$14,1 million in sponsorship for a three-year period, from 2017 to 2019.