Katutura’s glamorous football club African Stars officially launched its Youth Academy on Thursday, which will soon join the ever-evolving MTC HopSol Youth Soccer League.
The African Stars Youth Academy, which consists of U / 15, U / 17 and U / 19 youth teams, was launched at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura and the occasion also saw the unveiling of new kits which will be worn by the three teams. when the new HopSol Youth Soccer League season begins.
Speaking at the launch, African Stars director Salomo Hei said it was their obligation, as Namibia’s largest and well-run club, to start a youth academy that will serve as a feeder. to the senior team as well as to the Brave Warriors.
Hei added that joining the youth league will benefit youth teams in many ways. “It is our duty, as the biggest club in Namibia, to lead by example by launching our three academic teams. The aim is to fuel the senior African Stars team as well as the senior national football team. , the Brave Warriors. Our teams will be part of the MTC HopSol Youth Soccer League this season. The HopSol league is Namibia’s largest youth league. With these teams, we intend to be serious competitors and not just I am sure it will help us as a team in so many ways as well, ”he said.
Also speaking at the same event, veteran African Stars FC skipper Pat-Nevin Uanivi, who is also the coach of the U / 19 team, said he was optimistic about achieving great things with the team as a new coach and hope to see most of his players move on to the senior squad.
“I want to achieve so many great things with the team, I would love to see a lot of U / 19 players making their way to the senior team as well as winning trophies in various competitions. And at the coaching level, I would love to see it. grow as a coach by perfectly honing my skills and working on team development, ”said Uanivi.