Our hard work paid off: //Kharas captain

22 Apr 2019 17:30pm
MARIENTAL, 22 APR (NAMPA) - The //Kharas Region football team’s hard work over the past two years paid off, team captain Llewelyn Both said on Monday after they won the 19th edition of The Namibian Newspaper Cup against Otjozondjupa.
//Kharas won 2-1 through goals by Heinrich Plaatjies and Simeon Nambondi.
Both told Nampa the Governor’s Cup held last year to select players for the team had an impact on them winning their first-ever Namibian Newspaper Cup.
“We came here to repay the faith shown in us by the technical team and our governor, Lucia Basson. We only had one aim - to win the cup for our region,” an elated Both said.
He said the coaches encouraged the team to play to their strength and follow instructions.
“We stuck to what the coaches wanted from us and we were disciplined in our approach. The team fought for each other and at the end we came out victorious,” he said.
Meanwhile, Otjozondjupa coach Robba Gurirab said no one expected them to go all the way.
“We were written off even before we touched a ball, but the boys showed that they have the fight in them. Our opponents came out guns blazing and were just hungrier than us,” he said.
He added that the second goal should not have stood as it was offside.
“The second goal was a clear offside and the assistant referee who was in a better position did not even flag for offside. We don’t need such officiating at junior tournaments as it kills the morale of the players,” Gurirab said.
He nevertheless congratulated //Kharas for the win and said should he be offered the job again, he would like to win the cup for the region.