We enjoy being the under-dogs: Julinho

21 Jul 2015 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - Rundu-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit, Julinho Sporting Football Club (FC) coach Nelson Luis said they enjoy being called the 'under-dogs' in football.
Julinho won the mobile phone text message competition to participate in the second edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup on 23 and 25 July 2015.
Julinho joins local NPL team, African Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa and Primeiro de Agosto from Angola in a four-team competition set for the Independence Stadium in the capital.
African Stars are participating by virtue of having won the 2014/15 NPL title.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday at the Ramblers Football Club Sports Field in the capital, where the team has been training since Monday, Luis said it will be a tough game on Thursday when they face African Stars.
“We are going to play the Namibia Premier League (NPL) winners on Thursday and we are expecting a tough match.
“African Stars signed new players and we also made new signings as well, so people should expect a tough match as we will be playing to win the game.” said Luis.
He added that playing in the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup would be good pre-season training for the team ahead of the start of the new NPL season in August.
“Last season we survived relegation by the skin of our teeth and come the start of the 2015/16 season, we are going to fight for a position in the top eight.
“It will be very interesting this season because we have three teams in Rundu and Windhoek-based teams will now start feeling how we feel having to travel to one place for more than one game.” said Luis.
With regards to their game with African Stars on Thursday, Luis said his team has played African Stars before and this time, they are not taking anything for granted.
“We have already played at a stadium that had more fans than we usually have at stadiums in Namibia. Last year we played Recreativo do Libilo of Angola during their independence celebration and the stadium was packed to capacity on that day. Our players will not get stage fright.” he said.
Luis added that his team is injury free at the moment and players will give it their all during the two-days competition, since the team spirit in the camp is very positive.
African Stars and Julinho will play the opening game on 23 July at 17h30, followed by the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Primeiro de Agosto at 19h30.
The final matches will be played on 25 July.
A curtain raiser between former Brave Warriors players and Diplomats will kick off the event at 13h00.
This year, N.dollars 7 million has been allocated for the event.
From this amount, the Namibian teams will each receive an appearance fee of N.dollars 350 000.
The appearance fees for Mamelodi Sundowns and Primeiro de Agosto could not be availed due to contractual agreements.