Julinho Sporting aiming for top eight

28 Nov 2018 14:40pm
RUNDU, 28 NOV (NAMPA) – Julinho Sporting Football Club have indicated their hopes to finish in the top eight positions of the 2018/19 Namibian Premier League (NPL) season.
Nelson Luiz, the team manager of ‘The Lions’ as the team is also known, told Nampa on Monday they will do whatever they can to avoid relegation and they mean business this season.
“We have already spent two seasons playing in the premier league and we know what it is all about. I am sure that this season we are going to do well,” said Luiz.
Julinho Sporting returned to the NPL after gaining promotion when they defeated fellow North-East outfit, Ntunguru Football Club in a two-legged promotional play-off in August this year.
The Lions were relegated from the top flight division after the end of the 2015/16 season alongside their neighbours, United Stars Football Club from Rundu.
Luiz said the team looks good, with more local players that have once played their trade in the premier league.
The team has also retained some of its old players who were loaned to other premier league teams last season.
Some of the players recalled from loan are Henry Duwe, who was loaned to Orlando Pirates; Alfons Goaxab who went to Civics and Veiko Mashinde Sindimba who was at Rundu Chiefs, another team from Rundu that was relegated last season after finishing second last in the 2017/18 season.
Luiz said to further bolster the team, they have also brought in Mwala Mwana and Patrick Simata from Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on loan, a move he thinks will make a difference.
He also called on people from Kavango East and Kavango West and Zambezi to rally behind the team.
“We are not only representing Julinho, we are representing the regions, that’s why we have put in more players from these regions including Zambezi,” he said.
Julinho was billed to play African Stars last weekend but their game was postponed as African Stars had to travel to Comoros for their match against Volcan Club in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League on Tuesday (27 November).
The Lions have so far lost one game against Black Africa in their opening match and managed to win against Civics, giving them three points on the log from two games played. However, they still have a game in hand which will see them play against Young African at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis on 01 December.
Asked how many wins are needed to attain the team’s goal, Luiz said he cannot say, but it partly depends on other teams.
“It also lies on the team to do well, which I am certain about,” he said.