Talented Khomas aims for Namibian Cup soccer triumph
Khomas Region’s under-20 team captain, Eldery Morgan is banking on his teammates’ talents to win the 2017 Namibian Newspaper Cup as regional teams hit the homestretch in preparation for the Easter weekend football extravaganza at Swakopmund.
Morgan reckons their chances of winning are good because they have a great team and the confidence to do it. “Our fitness level is not yet there but the coaches are pushing us to do our maximum best”.
The Khomas Region has not won the cup since 2011 and will have to bypass Kavango West and Oshikoto Regions in the first round. Morgan acknowledges that they will have to play smart and hard to get through as both regions are going to compete this year and are also in top form. Khomas has won the cup four times in the past.
“We respect these teams and we know it won’t be an easy trip and we have to be at our utmost best. Talent alone won’t be enough but the right attitude can help us as well” Morgan said.
Khomas Region’s young and energetic team coach, Rejoice Uirab said that despite the current situation of football at national level, the biggest challenge the team will face is match fitness and with only one week left to prepare, they realise the uphill is steep.
“Everybody knows Khomas is the team to beat and with that tag comes a lot of pressure for the boys and for the technical team. We go there and take every game as it comes and we see how the outcomes go. We will do the business on the field to the best of our abilities” stated a confident Uirab.
Friday, 14 April: Omusati v Hardap, Zambezi v Oshana, Kavango East v Erongo, Omaheke vs Kunene, Ohangwena v Karas, Khomas v Oshikoto; Oshana v Omusati; Zambezi v Hardap; Kunene v Kavango East;
Saturday, 15 April: Omaheke v Erongo, Otjozondjupa v Karas, Kavango West v Oshikoto, Omusati v Zambezi, Oshana v Hardap, Kavango East v Omaheke, Kunene v Erongo, Ohangwena v Otjozondjupa, Khomas v Kavango West.
On Sunday, 16 April, the Group A winner will face the Group B equivalent; the Group C winner takes on the top team in Group D; while there will also be a select under-20 women’s national team against the under-20 Erongo women’s as a side match.
On the same day, the Namibian team will be taking on a Nedbank Team in a battle of the tournament’s best players.
The final is played on Easter Monday to crown the 2017 Namibian Newspaper Cup champions.