Kavango West can play: coach Nxaba

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Kavango West Regional Under-20 football team is better prepared to battle for honors at the 2017 The Namibian Newspaper Cup which gets underway at Swakopmund on Good Friday.

In 2014, Kavango Region won the Namibia Newspaper Cup at Tsumeb, defeating Oshana, 2-1, and then they were two, Kavango East and Kavango West and the West are heading to the coast on Thursday to write their own history.

Kavango West coach Mpareke Joseph Nxaba reveals the team has been in camp since February and they have finalized their squad of 20 players capable of representing the region to the fullest.

“The expectations of the Region are very clear, to win the cup, and that cannot be dismissed and the boys are aware of the work at hand. Last time out we were one region when we won this cup and now we need to make our own mark on the competition. It won’t be easy but the boys are fired up to represent the Region”, Nxaba states.

The coach however downplays the expectations and states that his team is going to the Easter weekend youth football festival to prove to all that they can play football.

“ We are going there to show that we can also play as a region and we need to focus on our game and take it easy and one game at a time. Last year at Rundu it was the second time for Kavango West and this time around, things will be different as have found our footing and can compete and we can play”, coach Nxaba says.

Kavango West are in Group D, together with Khomas and neighbors Oshikoto Regions. They will play their first game on Saturday at 11h45 against Oshikoto Region and then concludes their group stage action against Khomas the same day at 19h15 with only the group winner advancing to the semifinals.

Hardap and Omusati will open the 2017 The Namibia Newspaper Cup at 09h15 at the Vineta Sports Complex at Swakopmund on Good Friday. They form part of Group A, together with Oshana and Zambezi Regions. Omaheke, Kunene, Kavango East and Erongo Regions are in group B while Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena and Karas Regions completes Group C.