Stars to face Tura Magic in Bidvest semi-finals

25 Apr 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) – The Bidvest Namibia Cup’s defending champions African Stars have been drawn to battle it out in the semi-finals against Tura Magic.
Rundu-based United Stars will face Citizens Football Club (FC) at the same stage next month, a draw conducted in the capital on Thursday at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Soccer Pitch studio showed.
African Stars booked their place in the semi-finals when they knocked out Mountain Rangers by 6-2, while Tura Magic defeated Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions Black Africa by 2-1 earlier this month.
United Stars knocked Tigers FC out of the competition after beating them 2-0, while Citizens also booked their place in the semi-finals when they beat Kaizen Football Academy 2-0.
Speaking at the draw on behalf of Tura Magic, Isack Hamata said they were not hoping to be drawn against a specific team.
“We are indeed happy to be drawn against African Stars, and we are not just in the semi-final and hope to end here, but we want to end far. We want to win this cup,” he stated.
On her side, African Stars Director Charlane Minnaar stated that they have made history in the Bidvest Cup, and this year they want to add to what they have done before.
“We are ready to go up against any team, and we are indeed happy to be drawn against Tura Magic, but this is not going to be an easy one for Magic, so they really have to work hard to face us,” she said.
Minnaar stressed that their aim is to keep the cup in the Stars house, and they are going to do so.
United Stars coach David Snewe was however not quite happy to be drawn against Citizens, saying that he did not want to be drawn against them as he does not know them well in terms of playing tactics.
“I don’t know how Citizens play because I never played against them, but I know how Magic and Stars play because we have beaten them before, and they have beaten us too. But that is not a threat to us, we are going to face them strongly because all we want is to take the cup to Rundu,” he stated.
Citizens’ public relations officer Senedy Tsuseb noted that making it to the semi-finals is an achievement for them, and confidently stated that they can win the cup.
“There is no draw here, it’s a cup game and believe me this cup is ours,” he boasted.
The teams will battle it out at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 10 May. Specific times will be communicated at a later stage.