Kanalelo remains hopeful for UNAM league football fledglings

University of Namibia (UNAM) Football Club coach Ronnie Kanalelo says despite losing two games in a row over a space of a week, his team is not going to panic.

The Clever Boys as the university team is known by its supporters, lost its rounds 25 and 26 fixtures in the 2022/23 Debmarine Namibia Premiership to Citizens and Tigers respectively. UNAM finds themselves fifth on the log standing of 16 teams with 40 points.

Kanalelo told Nampa on Friday that in their previous campaigns, they had 44 points which they want to surpass this season.

“There are still four games remaining in the league. We are targeting a spot in the top five. We want to get further than the 44 points we had in the Premier League,” he said.

The coach added that despite setting a goal to finish with more points the technical team is not going to put pressure on their players.

“If we start looking at the position that we want to be in we will then start losing focus. We have a squad of young players who just played their first Premier League season, and therefore we are not going to ask too much from these young players as they have given it their all week in and week out,” Kanalelo said.

He also stated that his wish is to have all these young players form part of the UNAM squad next season so they can have a better idea of challenging for top honours.

“The position that we are in is something that the players have to be proud of. As a coach, I did not expect to challenge for the title due to the quality of the players that we have. Most of our players made their debut season in the Premier League and lacked experience at this level but come next season, if this team is still together, I am hopeful we will do better,” he said.

UNAM is scheduled to play Orlando Pirates who are 10th on the log standing with 30 points on Sunday, at the Sport Klub Windhoek stadium at 16h00.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency