Friends became the second team to be relegated from the Namibia Premier League when they lost 1-0 to African Stars in an ill-tempered encounter at the Rehoboth Stadium on Saturday.
Friends had two players â?? Nathan van Wyk and Constance Boois â?? sent off for foul play, while Starsâ?? midfielder Isaac Mwinga was taken to hospital after injuring his ankle. The match seemed to be heading for a draw when Starsâ?? second half substitute Elvis Muheua scored the winning goal with five minutes remaining.
A White Invitation team made a late comeback to draw 26-all against a Blue Invitation team at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The exhibition match, involving Namibiaâ??s national squad players, followed the presentation of the official rugby world cup, the William Webb Ellis trophy to a handful of spectators and dignitaries, including the president of the Namibia Rugby Union and the Deputy Minister of Sport, Pohamba Shifeta.
Rugby World Cup fever came a step closer to Namibia on May 12 when the official Rugby World Cup trophy was paraded at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Saturday morning, the gold William Webb Ellis Trophy was paraded to a handful of spectators and sporting dignitaries at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the afternoon.
MTC Namibia Premier League
The 2006/07 Namibia Premier League season comes to a close this weekend with matches in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati.
Civics have already won the league for the third year in a row so attention now shifts to who will come second and who will be relegated along with Golden Bees of Outjo.
The Namibian rugby selectors have made numerous changes to the national squad for the upcoming Confederation of African Cup match against Zambia on May 25 and the IRB Nations Tournament in Romania at the beginning of June.