Arrows want to kick Stars out of Bidvest Cup

19 Feb 2014 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) - Eleven Arrows Football Club (FC) plan to kick African Stars (FC) out of the Bidvest Cup when they meet on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Eleven Arrows coach Wallace Doeseb was quoted in a media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Wednesday as saying they plan to advance to the next round of the lucrative competition.
“We are at the moment 85 percent ready for the game on Saturday due to the fact that we were off for two weeks as Black Africa and Stars participated in Africa (continental competitions). Now we are struggling with match fitness a bit, but we will get there,” said Doeseb.
Stars, who are the defending champions of the Bidvest Cup, played against Angolan side Petro de Atletico de Luanda in Angola on Sunday, and Black Africa played against Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa here on Saturday in two separate Confederation of African Football competitions.
Stars lost 3-0 and BA drew one-all. One week earlier, Stars beat Petro 2-0, while BA lost to Chiefs 3-0.
Doeseb believes Stars’ mixed results in the past two weeks will become a factor in the game on Saturday.
“Stars played Petro at home and they won and went to Luanda and lost and so for players it can be demoralising, but it can also be encouraging for them to do better. And the experience of playing in Africa always comes in handy. So, we have to be careful and treat them with all the respect they deserve but at the same time give nothing away,” he said.
The two sides have already met twice this season, with the first game ending in a three-all stalemate, and the second in a 3-2 win for Stars.
Arrows last won the NFA Cup in 2011 on home soil under coach Congo Hindjou.
There will be three matches on Saturday in the Last-32 Round. Action will start at 14h00 with Bush Bucks against Mountain Rangers, Black Africa against Cuca Tops at 16h00, and Stars and Arrows clash at 18h00.
Entrance tickets are available at Computicket at N.dollars 30 each.
(NAMPA)
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