WINDHOEK, 04 APR – The University of Namibia’s football team is determined to finish in the top three positions when the 2017/18 Namibia Premier League (NPL) season comes to an end.
The Clever Boys, as UNAM is known, are currently sixth on the log of 16 teams. They have 39 points from 25 games played thus far.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday ahead of their clash with Citizens at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, UNAM coach Ronny Kanalelo said his team did not prepare well for the match but he is positive that they will fight for the much-needed three points.
“I must say my preparation was not up to standard because we did not train during the Easter weekend. Some of our key players also did not turn up on time after the weekend,” he said.
He said the players lack a training culture which in the end, affects football clubs.
“We don’t like to train over Easter in Namibia and the administration of football should be blamed for that, because they don’t want to come out of that social approach to football,” he said.
Despite his team not preparing well, Kanalelo said they have their sights set on the top three positions.
“This season we really did better than last season. When I took over as coach we finished with 35 points in the league and so far this season we are already at 39 points. Our target is to catch Black Africa who are currently second on the log,” he said.
Black Africa is on 47 points at the moment, with 15 points to play for in the remaining five NPL games.
Kanalelo said his team fell out of the league race after losing a couple of games, but they are determined to reach second or third place.
“We have one of the best squads we’ve had in a long time and we are satisfied with what we have achieved thus far, but with the Namibian league being unpredictable it would really be nice if we could finish second or third,” he said.