Mountain Rangers make history for the south

23 Feb 2014 15:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – The Mountain Rangers Football Club (FC) from Rosh Pinah is the first-ever team from the //Karas Region to qualify for Round of 16 of the Bidvest Namibia Cup currently underway.
Rangers defeated Bush Bucks from the Zambezi Region by six goals to two in Round of 32 played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital on Saturday.
Confirming the results of the match to Nampa on Sunday, Rangers’ coach Klaas Blom (not the Black Africa midfielder) said they destroyed Bush Bucks.
Rangers will now face Rundu Chiefs from the Kavango East Region in Round of 16 on 01 March at a venue yet to be announced.
“Our players are confident and determined to gain exposure. We just ask people of the region to continue giving us full support, and we will make them proud. The next round is challenging, but we will make it,” Blom said.
On his part, chairperson of //Karas Football Harry Jahs could not contain his excitement when he confirmed that Rangers are the first from the Coastal Stream of this region to reach Round of 16 in the Bidvest competition.
The Coastal Stream of //Karas is made of Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz and Aus settlement.
Another southern team, Bee Bob Brothers from Mariental in the Hardap Region, already qualified for Round of 16 after beating Black Africa Warriors from the Kunene Region 3-1 last week.
“This is history, the last //Karas teams that played in that competition last year - Try Again and Forever Thistles from Keetmanshoop - lost in Round of 32,” said Jahs.
He suggested that it will be good if the next games in the Bidvest Cup next month are hosted in either Mariental or Keetmanshoop to motivate more southern teams to play well in the future.
The winners of Round of 16 will go on to play in Round of Eight. The semi-finals will follow and then the final.
African Stars from Windhoek, Khomas Region won the 2013 Bidvest Namibia Cup with prize money of N.dollars 500 000. They beat Rundu’s Mighty Gunners 2-0 in the final.