Champions League returns to Nam
Windhoek – Football fans in Namibia could soon see African Champions League football action in their stadia after a six-year absence.
Local league champions, Black Africa, are expected to take part in the next edition of the continent’s premier soccer tournament.
Having won the domestic league eight times, Black Africa did not have much success at the continental level and they will be hoping that they now have the right ingredients to make an impression outside Namibia.
Black Africa team director and principal shareholder Christian Lilongeni Haikali affirmed his commitment to bring Champions League soccer to local supporters despite the heavy financial burdens involved.
The issue of smaller clubs failing to participate in the lucrative tournament due to financial constrains has plagued teams across Africa. The high costs of travel and related logistics mean many teams often opt out of the Champions League.
Both public and private organisations have been reluctant to support soccer teams.
The last time Champions League football played in Namibia was in 2006 when Civics took part in the competition. Civics played in the African Champions League in three seasons (2004, 2006 and 2007). On each occasion, they failed to make it to the money-spinning mini-league stage of the tournament.
Black Africa played in the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1996 and in the CAF Cup Winners Cup in 1991 and in 1994.
Should they participate in the next season of Champions League football, Black Africa could be joining other Southern Africa teams including Dynamos of Zimbabwe, Costa do Sol of Mozambique and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa among many others.