WINDHOEK: The MTC Premiership for 2012/13 that was set to kick off this weekend has been postponed to next weekend, due to a delay in player registration.
Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chairman Johnny Doeseb said during a media conference on Thursday that a new electronic system was put in place at the start of the 2011/2012 season, as required by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).
Doeseb said some clubs are experiencing problems with registering their players.
Training in the software of the programme to help club administrators master the system took place two weeks ago, but some clubs could not register their players in time for the planned games this weekend.
Clubs register their players on the system, and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) verifies the information.
Doeseb said while the NPL extends its apologies to the Namibian football-loving public for this one-week delay, it is of the opinion that the decision was taken in the best interest of the league in particular and football in general.
“We know that Namibian football lovers were anxiously anticipating this moment but we ask for their understanding in this regard.
We have learned from previous experience, and would like to ensure that all necessary modalities are in place,” he stressed.
Teams were given specific dates to register their players for the games, and the Black Africa Football Club will do the last registration on Thursday.
Other reasons for the delay in the games are sponsorship, and injuries emanating from the League Cup that took place this past weekend.
According to Doeseb, NPL administrators already travelled to Rundu, Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo to inspect the selected playing fields.
The sports stadiums of Rundu, Mokati in Otjiwarongo, Narraville in Walvis Bay as well as the Sam Nujoma and Independence stadiums in the capital, already received the green light to host matches.
Speaking about the poor lighting at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Doeseb said the NPL and City of Windhoek entered into negotiations to rectify the situation.
The floodlights at the stadium have gradually worsened since the beginning of the year after several fuses blew, and towards the end of last season, the evening matches were taking place in semi-darkness.
Meanwhile, the official launch of the NPL season will take place next week Tuesday and sponsorship allocation, prize monies, clubs’ monthly grants, as well as the general outlook of the 2012/2013 MTC Premiership will be clarified at the launch.