09 Jan 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JAN (NAMPA) - Rundu Chiefs Football Club head coach John Thikerete said his team lost most of their games in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) first round last year because of inexperienced players.
In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Thikerete said most of his players are between 17 and 19.
This is a very young team and most of my players are very young, but this year we are ready for it and want to end the first round with at least 11 points, he said.
He added that last year they did not play as a team.
They all played as individuals on the field, without making crossings to put the ball at the back of the net, he said.
The coach noted that his players also did not perform well, because of the large crowds that come to watch them play in Rundu, and the players felt scared to play in the presence of so many spectators.
Rundu Chiefs joined the NPL for the first time at the start of the 2012/2013 season. They ended in eighth place that season.
The 2013/2014 NPL games commenced in October last year, and are scheduled to end in May this year. So far, Rundu Chiefs have picked up only five points - from one win and two draws - and are at the bottom of the log standing.
Thikerete said they resumed training on Monday after the Christmas break, preparing for their match against Ramblers on 24 January this year.
We are ready for this year, and we do not want to repeat the mistake of losing games at home, he said.
Thikerete vowed to bring in new players to boost the current squad.