Dundee Trust backs Maize Triangle League

By Michael Uugwanga

DUNDEE Precious Metals Tsumeb Community Trust on 24 January handed over football equipment to 12 football clubs that play in the Maize Triangle Football League that is contested by teams residing in the areas of Grootfontein, Tsumeb and Otavi.

The equipment includes kits to all participating teams, soccer balls, cones, training gear, water balls, soccer goal nets and money to cover their travelling costs as part of a N$287 000 sponsorship.

The 12 teams consist of Touch & Go, who are in top spot with 39 points from 16 matches played, followed by Chief Santos with 34 points; Liberator in third place with 31 points; Gerros Uri-Khob in fourth place on 28 points; Chelsea in fifth place with 25 points; Kaltes Wasser on 24 points in sixth place; Young Rangers with 23 points in seventh place; Dynamos in eighth place with 18 points; NamPol Oshikoto in ninth place with 17 points; Benfica in 10th  place on 15 points; Tsumeb Newcastle in 11th place with nine points, while bottom dwellers Moving Arrows are on four points.

Currently there is no action in the Namibia Premier League (NPL), while lower divisions such as the First Division and Second Division that fall under the Namibia Football Association (NFA) were not active last season after the NFA under Frans  Mbidi failed to sign off funds for lower divisions.

Chairperson of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Community Trust Rino Muranda said the aim of the sponsorship was not to cause conflict with the NFA but rather to keep the youth off the street.The Maize Triangle Football League which started last year is registered under the Otjozondjupa Second Division Football League – an affiliated member of the NFA.

“We as the Trust are basically happy to be associated with this venture. Our motto is that you must be able to help yourself before we help you. When we got involved in the Maize Triangle Soccer League we said that we do not want conflicts with the NFA and therefore we said that the league should be played at the NFA level so that we do not create another fight. We hope that the league is legally endorsed by the NFA, such as players’ registration. We also urge you to look for other additional sponsors because we do not know for how long we will be sponsoring. We also want to look at accountability,” said Muranda.

Also speaking at the handover, vice-chairperson of the league Jefta Gaoab said they were already engaging potential additional sponsors. Besides  the Trust, Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) gave the league N$19 000, while NamPower gave N$15 000.

“The sponsorship comes at the right time as we all know that people are fighting in the Namibian football [fraternity]. We want to raise the bar. We already put in effort to attract other corporate companies. The money from NamPower will be used for the Top Eight Cup,” said Gaoab.

The Maize Triangle League will continue this week with NamPol Oshikoto vs Liberator, Gerros Uri-Khob vs Young Rangers, Moving Arrows vs Kaltes Wasser, Chelsea vs Touch &Go, Benfica vs Newcastle  and Dynamos vs Chief Santos.