Young African still dreaming of playing in NPL

12 Feb 2016 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) outfit, Young African is still keeping alive their dream of playing football in Namibia’s elite league for the 2016/17 Namibia Premier League season.
Young African, a team that is based in Windhoek but plies its home games in Gobabis, Omaheke Region, is currently leading the SSFD with 30 points from 13 games played thus far.
The second leg of the 2015/16 SSFD season kicked off on 06 February in the capital and other towns where the league is played.
Young African won its opening game of the second leg on Saturday against Windhoek United by a single goal to nothing, but lost its Sunday game 2-1 against Ramblers.
Young African are now just six points away from Karasburg-based Young Brazilians who are second on the log with 24 points.
Khomas Nampol, a police force team that joined the SSFD during the 2015/16 season after winning promotion from the Khomas Second Division during the 2014/15 season is currently third on 23 points. They ended second on the log with 21 points at the end of the first leg.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Technical Director of Young African, Marcell Wakudumo said winning the SSFD will not be a walk in the park but the team is well geared to realise its dreams of playing football at the elite level.
“Our goal this season is to win promotion to the Premier League and this is a task that will require a lot of work, since our team comprises of young players who might not handle the pressure well as the season comes to an end. But we are counting on some of our experienced players to motivate the young players. As a team, we can deliver when need be.”
Wakudumo noted that Young Brazilians and Nampol are currently teams that might challenge their dream of playing Premier League Football.
“No disrespect to other teams but I can tell you that we have tough competition in our stream at the moment with Young Brazilians playing well and possibly being promoted to the NPL if we lose some of our games.
“Playing in the First Division requires a lot of traveling and most teams do not have the financial muscles to do that but I am happy to say that our team is currently well organised, so I hope all will go as smoothly as planned until the end of the season.”