16 Sep 2018 16:30pm
ATTENTION - CORRECTION: Editors please take note of three corrections. Story replaces mini tournament with friendly match in intro. Young Brazilians are from Karasburg and not Keetmanshoop. Replaces Van Wyk with Julius in fifth and sixth para.
REHOBOTH, 16 SEP (NAMPA) Young Brazilians Football Club from Karasburg on Saturday won the ||Kharas preseason friendly match after they defeated Keetmanshoop Eleven and regional second division champions, Dates Eleven.
The Namibia Premier League (NPL) rookies Dakaza Boys, as Young Brazilians are also known, defeated Keetmanshoop Eleven 3-1 through goals by Jantjies Vries, Bernadu Cloete and Benjamin Fransman before beating Dates Eleven 1-0 in the final match, with Cloete scoring the goal.
Among the familiar faces running out in the red and white of Young Brazilians were former Black Africa midfielder Brian Bantam, as well as Mitchell Mettler, who played for Black Africa last season.
Also in the team was Wayne Esterhuizen, who is on loan from University of Namibia Football Club.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Young Brazilians coach Tolla Julius said he is happy with the team, but expressed the need to work on certain areas to make the team more competitive.
They were our first matches after a lay-off of almost two months and the boys showed that they want to be part of the team. There is still room for improvement before the league kick-off and we will use the remaining weeks to work harder and get the players fitter, Julius said.
He said they are in advanced talks to sign Bantam from Black Africa and hope to complete the deal during the coming week.
We will hopefully finalise the signing of Bantam by latest Tuesday and we have bolstered our team with a few players from Try Again also. Our aim is to establish ourselves in the top flight and from the following season onwards try and fight for the title, he noted.
Young Brazilians along with Rundu-based Julinho Sporting will compete in the NPL for the 2018/19 season as newly promoted teams.