With the coveted Namibian Premier league already bagged by African Stars, all eyes are now firmly stuck on relegation candidates Young Chiefs.
This season’s relegation battle is not hard to call, not least because most of the wins in the log’s bottom half cannot change the picture dramatically.
With Rundu Chiefs and Chief Santos already being relegated, soccer lovers are waiting to see if the Oshakati-based outfit can overcome the odds by avoiding relegation.
Mathematically, Young Chiefs still stand a chance to avoid the drop, but they look to be a write-off when considering their fixture list which is relatively unfavourable.
The teams closest to Young Chiefs are six points ahead, albeit with a much more superior goal difference.
Young Chiefs face UNAM F.C and Citizens in Oshakati this weekend.
With Young Chiefs sitting on the 14th position on the NPL log with 28 points and two more games to go, the team has to win both matches and hope the teams above them such as Civics and Blue Waters do not pick up any points.
Team gaffer Maniky Ipangelwa said their situation is synonymous to that of a wound that will either be closed or opened for pain this weekend.
“It is a wound for the team, we will see if it will be closed off or left open for more pain. There is nothing else that will give us salvation than two wins. It is not a happy moment for us because we are in a rather precarious position, but we must win our games and hope the other results go our way,” said an optimistic Ipangelwa.
Ipangelwa says “the players’ morale is in the right state at the moment”. Young Chiefs will hope their fans remain loyal tomorrow when they face Citizens at the majestic Oshakati Stadium. The team has failed to attract supporters to the home matches, mainly because of the shoddy performances.
The team manager called on the fans to unite and come out in numbers to support the team.
“Now more than ever we need the fans to come and support us. The fans have not been too kind to us in the past games but it is football, a loyal fan will understand the dynamics of the game. So we really want them to come out in numbers and behave the right way towards the team. Insulting the players will just break them down. If they want us to do good they need to come and support us positively,” said Ipangelwa.
On Sunday, Young Chiefs will face UNAM FC still at home. It will be an uphill battle for the limping home favorites to muster their way past Ronny Kanalelo’s in-form side. UNAM currently occupies the 6th spot on the log.
Rundu Chiefs and Chief Santos will be looking to play their parting games when they face with Young African and UNAM FC.
Three teams from the first division will step up to the top-flight league next season. The First Division is divided into three streams, being North-East, North-West and Southern, and the winner of each stream is automatically promoted to the NPL.