Unam set on reclaiming top spot

The University of Namibia (Unam) Rugby Club is planning a comeback after losing the Namibia Rugby League title, which they held since 2014, to Trusco United in an epic clash last year.

At the moment, the club is in a rebranding process, with doors being opened to welcome new blood to the team.

One of the technical advisors of the club, who boasts a host of experience, Werner Jeffery said close to 17 of their players are part of the national team, the Welwitschias, thus hinting at their unavailability once the international competition season kicks off.

Jeffery further said another group of eight players has gone abroad, again creating a gap in the squad.

He added that life after the team’s former coach, Johan Diergaardt, has forced them to prepare mentally and emotionally regarding the way forward.

“We cannot lose the momentum as we prepare for the way forward. We are forming a new team. Few positions are open and we need depth but we are working on it as there is a lot of hard work which needs to be done,” he said.

Jeffery, who is retiring from managing next year, said he wants to leave a legacy which can be built on.

Namibia Rugby Union’s Norwin Oosthuizen confirmed that the league will kick off at the end of March, but that they are still busy with late registrations of clubs. Fixtures will be available next week.

“Registration was due to close last week but we are lenient with those clubs which haven’t registered yet,” he said.

The clubs will register in three leagues with the Premier League featuring the defending champions Trustco United, as well as the likes of Unam, Western Suburbs, Rehoboth Rugby Club, Reho Falcons and Kudus from Walvis Bay.

The second teams will also compete in the Reserve League, while there will also be a First League to be played.