Gunners wary of Rebels in Premier League Playoffs at Tsumeb

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With the Namibia Premier League Promotional /relegation playoffs set for Tsumeb this weekend, Mighty Gunners are cautious of Windhoek-based Rebels as they both look to make it to the elite league for next season.

Namibia’s football authority, the NFA, will on Saturday and Sunday facilitate the playoffs involving the three clubs that finished second in their three first divisions and the team placed 11th on the MTC Premiership 2013/14 log standing.

This means that Mighty Gunners, North West First Division, together with Benfica, North-East First Division, Rebels from the Southern Stream First Division, will join Rundu Chiefs at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb this weekend to determine which three teams will join the Namibia Premier league 2014/15 season which will have 16 clubs instead of the current 12.

Experienced midfielder Veno Namolo of Mighty Gunners, who were relegated from the NPL at the end of 2012/13, indicates that the Otjiwarongo-based army club will go all out to win promotion to the top league and that the plan is to win their first two games.

“We have to make it back. We deserve to be back and this weekend, we have a chance to make that happen. We know Rundu Chiefs and Benfica, but Rebels will be a surprise for us. We know nothing about them, but for us it will be vital to win our first two games and then stand a chance to go back to the premier league where we belong”, says Namolo.

Rebels coach Martin Bock is optimistic of his charges chance sin Tsumeb.

“ We are on the verge of history and spending two seasons in the second division, then one in the first division and now in the playoffs, we need to remain disciplined and stick to our football that have brought t us this far. We will face stiff opposition, but are ready for them and we are very much prepared to make our dream come true”, Bock states.

On Saturday matches will start at 11h00 with Rundu Chiefs taking on Benfica to be followed by Rebels against Gunners at 13h00. The Gerros Urikhob Football Academy will be in action at 15h00 to be followed by another playoff encounter between Benfica and Rebels at 17h00 while Gunners versus Chiefs at 19h00 will end the day’s proceedings.

On Sunday, Gunners will face Benfica at 11h00 and at 13h00 Chiefs will play Rebels. Three points will be awarded for a win and a point for a draw and the overall winner together with the runner-up and the third-placed team will be promoted to the MTC Premiership 2014/15.