Otjozondjupa U-20 aim to reclaim Newspaper Cup

12 Apr 2019 08:40am
OTJIWARONGO, 12 APR (NAMPA) – The third-time winners of The Namibian Newspaper Cup, the Otjozondjupa Regional Under-20 team is training hard at Otjiwarongo with the purpose to claim their fourth title at the popular tournament.
The annual 2019 youth football edition will be held in Mariental in the Hardap Region from 19 to 22 April.
Head coach of the team, Robba Gurirab in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said his 20 boys are ready for the tourney.
Gurirab said the camping which already kicked off is largely aimed at instilling discipline in the boys and teaching them how to approach different games and situations on the pitch.
The Otjozondjupa Region have won the annual newspaper tournament three times, in 2005 when they defeated host Hardap, and in 2013 and 2017 by beating the Omaheke and Erongo regions.
“We are going to Mariental with the aim of bringing the trophy back home for the fourth time,” said Gurirab.
The coach is boastful of his midfielder and the strikers who apparently do not tire, play as a unit and have “massive speed and accuracy”.
Gurirab also thanked Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge for the financial and material support to the team.
Ipinge on Thursday promised to attend the tournament next weekend from beginning to end.
Otjozondjupa is placed in Group C with bitter old rivals, Erongo and Ohangwena.