Orlando Pirates still have hope: Kakuva

25 Feb 2019 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Orlando Pirates head coach, Lucky Kakuva said he still has hope of saving the club from being relegated to the National First Division.
Orlando Pirates, a shadow of its former self this season, currently occupies the bottom of the 2018/19 NPL log, a far cry from their former glories when they were perennial contenders for the country’s top prizes in football.
The Katutura-based outfit are 15th on the log standing on six points from 12 games played and were again dealt a heavy blow on Saturday when they were eliminated from the Standard Bank Top Eight by African Stars with a 5-0 score line.
Speaking to Nampa after Saturday’s match, Kakuva said his main worry at the moment is beefing up his squad and that can only happen when the transfer window opens again.
“We have earmarked a number of players who we would like to have in our squad if we are to survive relegation. The players we currently have in the squad are doing their level best but we need experience if we want to compete with the best,” Kakuva said.
He added that his current squad needs more seasons or experienced players to guide them before they can start competing at their full strength.
“When I joined the team, I got these players and they are very young so there is nothing we can currently do as they lack experience,” he added.
NPL Administrator, Tovey Hoebeb, told Nampa on Monday that the first leg of the league is expected to end on 10 March 2019, with the transfer market set to open on 11 March 2019.
Kakuva stated that hope is all he has now, because he wants to acquire the players he needs in his squad to start fighting their way out of the basement of the NPL.
Orlando Pirates next face UNAM FC in the NPL at the UNAM Stadium on 09 March.