NPL newcomers to reinforce squads during transfer window

08 Mar 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Rundu and Karasburg-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfits Julinho Sporting and Young Brazilians have promised to reinforce their squads ahead of the second leg of the 2018/19 MTC NPL season which is slated to kick off in April.
Following impressive starts to the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League season, recently-promoted teams have had a turn in fortunes, after losing their last four NPL matches.
Julinho, who have thus far won five games, drawn one and lost six from the 13 matches played, are eighth on the log with 17 points. Young Brazilians, the first team from Karasburg to gain promotion to the NPL, are 14th on the log with 11 points from 12 matches.
The Karasburg team has thus far won three, drawn two and lost seven of its matches.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Julinho team manager, Nelson Luiz said the last three NPL games have been hard on them because they lost some of their key players to injuries.
“We currently don’t have defenders and we are now resorting to midfielders to play the defensive role but we will sort all that out immediately when the transfer windows open,” he said.
Luiz added that playing single headers has given them enough time to prepare well and he is still optimistic of finishing in the top eight at the end of the season.
“We are currently nursing a number of injuries, but we have earmarked a number of players who we believe will boost our squad in the second round of the league,” he said.
Luiz said during the transfer window, they will turn their attention to signing players from the Zambezi Region.
Meanwhile, Young Brazilian team manager, Kalus Simboya said they are finding the going tough these days because of their injured goalkeepers.
“We started the season very well but after our two goalkeepers sustained injuries, we have been conceding a lot of goals. Our first-choice keeper broke his leg while the second-choice broke his arm,” said Simboya.
Simboya added that their goal is to reinforce their squad in the transfer window and come back firing on all cylinders when the second leg kicks off.
The team manager also stated that their first season in the country’s elite league has not been rosy.
“It’s really tough to play in the NPL as most of our players lack the experience that our opponents have in their squads. Our goal for this year is to avoid relegation even though we know it will not be easy when the second leg kicks off,” he added.
The Karasburg team is now left with two matches in the first leg which will be against Tura Magic on Saturday and Orlando Pirates on 16 March, with both matches scheduled to take place in Karasburg.
Julinho Sporting meanwhile, will play Tigers at the Rundu Sports stadium on Saturday.