The Namibia Football Association (NFA) is expected to decide on whether the much-debated sandy Karasburg High School Sports Field is fit for the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) at its executive meeting to be held on the 8th of September, sources say.
Young Brazilians football club from Karasburg in the //Karas Region made history by becoming the first team from Karasburg to play in the NPL after winning the Southern Stream First Division.
There were suggestions that Young Brazilians would be forced to play their home matches in Keetmanshoop at the better-conditioned J. Stephanus Stadium, some 213km from Karasburg because of the state of the team’s home ground.
Last month (July), chief administrator Josua ‘Tovey’ //Hoëbeb told Windhoek Observer that he did not see any reasons to why the Karasburg High School Field should not host premier league, which sparked wide debate amongst local football lovers on social media.
In the past, league matches used to be played on sandy pitches before the Oshakati Independence Stadium was built, and former NPL rookies Robber Chanties football club from Khorixas also used to play their premier league matches on sand.
The source told Windhoek Observer this week that the association has already carried out an inspection on the state of the sports field a fortnight ago and a report is expected to be forwarded to the top brass of the NFA regarding a final decision.
“We must not be drawn on emotions and personal procedures. The report will be given to the relevant authority (NFA) to decide on a decision. That decision will be pronounced on 8 September during a Board of Governors (BoGs) meeting. It is premature to speak about it,” the source said.
This week, //Hoëbeb told Windhoek Observer that his office is waiting for the report from the NFA.
“I was not in the country but I was told that I will get the report this week,” //Hoëbeb.
However, according to the town council of Karasburg, there is hope that the residents of Karasburg will have the chance to watch their local team rub shoulders with the likes of Black Africa, African Stars, Orlando Pirates, Tigers and the rest of the big boys in the forthcoming soccer season that is yet to be announced.
According to Karasburg town council’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hieronymus Basson; the council has held several consultations with the local companies to seek support for the renovation costs of the field ahead of the soccer season.
“There were football officials that came to inspect the stadium and laid down the requirements such as the toilets, parking and safety for the supporters. The town council had various meetings with local business people after we sent out letters on how we can assist through a possible sponsorship,” Basson said.
The NPL was set to start on 14 September before it was postponed to a date not yet announced because the first division that has not yet been concluded.
Besides the Southern Stream First Division, the North-East First Division was completed last weekend after Julinho Sporting beat Ntunguru FC in a two-leg tie to gain promotion to the NPL, while the North-West Stream First Division is yet to complete its football activities.