African Stars launch Under-19 football team
24 Jul 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit and 2019 Standard Bank Top 8 Cup winners, African Stars, launched their Under-19 football team here on Wednesday.
The Katutura outfit, which has won the NPL title on four occasions, at the Jan Möhr Secondary School sports field announced their plans to form an U-19 team that will be used as their feeder team.
African Stars chairperson, Patrick Kauta told Nampa on Wednesday as part of the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) club licensing, they decided to start a youth team which will complement their youth development structure at Van Rhyn Primary School.
Our goal is to have these boys competing in the second or third division during the 2019/20 season when football has normalised in this country. This team will be the feeder team of African Stars and they will also represent the club at youth competitions that we see fit for them outside the country, he said.
African Stars captain, Pat-Nevin Uanivi, who is the co-coach of the youth team, stated that the initiative from the clubs management should be applauded because they are giving young people the opportunity to play football in a professional set-up at an early age.
In our years when we started at Stars as football players, we never had a foundation as there was only a senior team. As co-coach of the team I will help the management with realising this dream of youth development as we want to one day see these boys compete for places in the senior football team, he said.