Westphalia team to tour Namibia

04 Apr 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 APR (NAMPA) – Germany’s Westphalia Under-18 boys’ football team will tour Namibia from 12 to 21 April 2019.
The tour forms part of a bilateral agreement between the Namibia Football Association, Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and the Westphalia Football Association in Germany.
As part of the agreement, Namibia usually hosts a four-nation tournament which sees the German team and two other nations invited to participate.
The bilateral agreement, which has been in existence for over a decade, allows the German team to visit Namibia and the Namibian team to visit Germany’s Westphalia region to engage in friendly football matches every two years.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Roger Kambatuku, a senior sports officer in the sport ministry said the ministry has had to change the tournament’s format because of a lack of funds.
“We currently do not have the funds to host four nations as we used to in the past, but we are honouring our relationship with the Westphalia team by hosting them in Namibia,” he said.
The German boys will on 13 April at the Legare Stadium compete against the Omaheke Under-19 team set to participate in the annual The Namibian Newspaper Cup.
They will then take on the U-17 national team in Windhoek on 16 April before travelling to Mariental for their return game with the U-17 team on 20 April.
The game in Mariental will be a curtain-raiser match of the newspaper cup, which takes place from 19 to 22 April.
Kambatuku further said their agreement with the Westphalia Football Association is up for renewal and they are looking forward to better things once it is renewed.
“We want to start sending footballers to Germany like we did in the past, not just playing games and it ends there. We had the likes of Razundara Tjikuzu who came out of this agreement, that’s why when we renew it we have to look at how our players can once again start benefiting from this project,” he said.