Touch & Go win first Maize Triangle league
By Michael Uugwanga
FORMER Namibia Premier League rookies Touch & Go Football Club are the winners of the first edition of the Dundee Precious Maize Triangle Football League that was contested by clubs from Tsumeb, Otavi and Grootfontein in the absence of the country’s football league.
The aim of the Dundee Precious Maize Triangle Football League which started last year is to give lower division players in the three towns an opportunity to showcase their talent.
Touch & Go defeated Grootfontein-based Dynamos 3-0 in their final match of the league at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, which saw the league come to a conclusion.
The final was well attended and at the end Touch & Go were awarded a floating trophy plus 18 winners’ medals for the players.
The participating clubs in the Dundee Precious Maize Triangle Football League were Touch & Go, Benfica, Dynamos, Keltas Wasser, Gerros Urikhob Football Club, Newcastle, Chelsea, Chief Santos, Young Rangers, Moving Arrows, NamPol Oshikoto and Liberator.
Touch & Go were relegated from top flight football after the 2014/2015 season, following their 14th placed finish that season and are currently dwelling in the first division.
Jefta Gaoab, league executive member and the man behind the formation of the new league said that although there was no prize money awarded to the league winners, participating teams were provided with free accommodation, transport, balls and playing gear during the playing season.
He also said that they are already planning to host the Dundee Precious Maize Triangle Top 8 Cup later this month.
Asked if this will not clash with the much awaited Namibia Football Association (NFA) league that is set to start next year, with some of the clubs such as Touch & Go, Benfica and Chief Santos all expected to be part of the first division next year, Gaoab said that the league format will be changed and be used as a development league.
“Once the first division and second division start next year, we will make the league as a feeding league for their second string teams. This league falls under the Otjozondjupa Second Division League which is an affiliate member of the NFA. We want to make this league a big league,” he said.