Millions of dollars in brief NFA season

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

WINDHOEK

The Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) season could cost the Namibia Football Association (NFA) over N$8 million in three months, without adding the other leagues.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Monday released a statement informing its members that the transitional leagues for the 2020/2021 football season will kick off on 17 April 2021 and end on 31 July 2021.

Namibian Sun has been reliably informed that the association will disburse N$70 000 to each club for pre-season preparations.

“I understand that the monthly grant for the clubs will be N$100 000 each this season.

“I believe it will be better that what the MTC Namibia Premier League was offering to its clubs on a monthly basis,” the source said.

This means that the NFA could spend close to N$4.5 million just on the grants and pre-season funding of the NPFL, without adding the prize money.

But Namibian Sun also understands that the budget is subject to the approval of all members in the coming days.

“The truth is that the leagues and all will cost the association millions and I wonder if it can be sustainable after this season ends,” the source said.

The NPFL consists of Black Africa, Blue Waters, Citizens, Civics, Eleven Arrows, Julinho Sporting, Mighty Gunners, Orlando Pirates, Tigers, Tura Magic, Young African and Young Brazilians.

NPFL director Mabos Vries could neither confirm nor deny that the clubs will receive N$100 000 as monthly grants.

“We have not communicated any information about the grants to our members and I therefore do not know where you got that from.

“I will not be able to confirm if these are the correct figures you have until further notice,” Vries said.

The final dates of the MTC NFA Cup will be communicated once confirmed with the sponsor, MTC.

The MTC NFA Cup will commence with the preliminary rounds for the three first-division streams and Regional Second-Division League.

The preliminary rounds will determine the qualifiers for the knockout round of the competition comprising 32 teams, representing the 14 regions, six of the Nationwide First Division, two of each stream, and the twelve of the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL).