Let’s do more for young players

24 April 2019 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

Despite losing out on the title in The Namibian Newspaper Cup, team Otjozondjupa Region, coached by Robba Gurirab, have walked away with a lot of lessons from the tournament.

Otjozondjupa went 2-1 down against //Karas Region on Monday at the Mariental Sports Field, but Robba Gurirab said he is proud of the display his players put forth.

“We take home a lot of lessons. One of them is work ethic. No matter what just work hard and leave the rest to the referees.

“Also, the boys’ skill and experience grew with each match and that is good because most of them are in the under-17 senior national team and have a long way to go.

“We don’t want the players to sit idle at home after this. So we now return and look forward to the upcoming 2019 U-17 Skorpion Zinc Cup,” said Gurirab.

Gurirab said they want to do more for players so that they stay off the streets. We don’t want them to abuse alcohol or drugs, but we need more resources to do this.”

The coach also congratulated the winners and said that they will return next year to once again chase the title. He then urged business people in the region to continue ploughing back into their respective communities so that young players’ dreams can be realised in sports.

“There is a lot of talent in and around Otjiwarongo, let us do more for young athletes. Not only footballers but other sports codes as well,” he said.

Gurirab however emphasised that players are encouraged to take their education seriously no matter what.

Otjozondjupa walked away with N$20 000 from the tournament.

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