Ref Derails NPL Database

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Confidence Musariri WINDHOEK ‘If you want eggs hatched, you must sit on them yourself’, was the proverbial Zulu statement that National Soccer Referees Director, Boy Boy Ndhjadhila, was forced to swallow this week after one of its referees forgot to submit a match report which brought the affairs of NPL to a streaking halt. By lunch hour yesterday, Namibian Premier League (NPL) referee, Daniel Kamukwanyama had still not submitted the match report of the Civics-Cymot SKW encounter played on Friday, January 19 this year. Under normal circumstances, all match reports are submitted to the Referees Committee Director 48 hours after the match. Although the match ended in a nil-all stalemate, the delay resulted in the premier league failing to compile the statistics for the fast-exciting premiership, New Era discovered. “I am looking for professionalism, and this is not what I expect from my officials,” said Ndhjadhila yesterday. Kamukwanyama, considered one of the best whistlemen in the land, reluctantly forgot to submit the match report as he rushed to Rehoboth to officiate at the Hansa Pilsener Cup the next day. “It’s normal to forget, but I can regrettably confirm that the incident derailed NPL’s updating process. Referees are paid immediately after the match, and we must not accept such incidents in future, because when we pay them we do so in faith that they will complete their duties by writing a match report,” Ndhjadhila urged. The premiership takes a breather this weekend because CAF had set it as an international weekend where Namibia’s ambassadors Civics are taking on Angolan champion, Petro de Luanda, in an African Champions League clash in Luanda. Match reports help to keep pace with player progress, bookings and team statistics. SKW would have escaped with murder if they had fielded an illegal player in their 1-nil mid-week victory over Friends, this week, Hoebeb conceded. Kamukwanyama is a member of the Namibia Defence Forces (NDF) who was delisted from being a FIFA match-official after a military stint in Liberia sidelined him from football for over a year. Namibia now has nine FIFA-accredited officials out of the total 80. His blunder comes barely a month after local referee, Benedictus Nashenda, was suspended by CAF for lack of concentration on an international assignment. As a result of the delay by Kamukwanyama, NPL could not firmly ascertain the league’s current top goal-scorers and the disciplinary levels of the premiership. “Our statistics are not conclusive because of a delay known only to the refs,” Tovey Hoe’beb, an NPL official said. However, of the old statistics recorded up to Friday 19, three players are currently leading the goal-scoring chart. Civics’ Floris Diergaardt, Black Africa’s Jerome Louis and SKW’s Henry Somseb all have five goals each. None of the trio has scored since, New Era has discovered. Golden Bees are currently the most disciplined team in the premiership with the least number of bookings. As at January 19, a total of 121 yellow cards and 3 red cards had been issued. Second-placed UA Tigers are the worst disciplined side, with 13 yellow cards and 3 red cards in seven matches. Struggling Orlando Pirates and Friends are both second in the red book, each with 12 yellow cards and one red. Despite Bees’ wonderful disciplinary levels in the premiership, the club will be going for a hearing of Mervin Ngaizemi who was charged with spitting at a referee during last year’s FNB Cup, Hoebeb confirmed. The NFA disciplinary committee meets this weekend to determine Ngaizemi’s case, the outcome of which might determine the association’s general view on spitting. The nation is eagerly awaiting NFA’s decision on disciplining players following national team Captain Henrico Botes’ 6-match ban from CAF for spitting at an Ethiopian defender during an African Nations Cup qualifier last October. Sitting on the same disciplinary committee, Cymot SKW will hear their fate for using an uncleared Arend Von Stryk in a league game against Blue Waters. The struggling side stands to lose valuable points if found guilty for playing Stryk who was yet to receive an international clearance from his Scottish side.

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