Under-20 national footballers prepare for Germany’s Westphalia

WINDHOEK: The Namibian under-20 (U-20) men’s football players are gearing up for their annual tour to the German region of Westphalia from 10 to 23 May.

The Namibians are using the German tour as preparation for qualifiers of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Youth Games, venue unknown, and the U-20 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) set for Zambia later this year.

“The aim of the tournament is to expose Namibia’s under-17 and under-20 football players to top international football. We selected a team of players born from 1997/98 and most of these players were selected at the Namibian Newspaper Cup,” said U-20 coach Upi Turipamwe.

He told Nampa on Tuesday that the team has been in camp for almost two weeks and the number of players has since been reduced from 40 to 20. However, two more players will be cut from the team travelling to Germany for the friendly matches.

Namibia and Westphalia are celebrating their 10th anniversary of the annual football games.

The Namibia Football Association (NFA)’s relationship with the Westphalia region is a result of the existing agreement between the government of Namibia through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and the Westphalia Football Federation in Germany.

The agreement has enabled Namibia’s under-17 and local coaches to be trained at high-performance training centres in Germany.

SOURCE: Nampa