Stars and Pirates to lock horns in Katutura derby

05 Feb 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) log leaders African Stars and eighth-placed Orlando Pirates will lock horns at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday.
Round Two of the NPL resumes after a one-week break to allow for the Bidvest Namibia Cup Round of 32.
After 15 games each in the first round of the league, African Stars are ahead of the pack with 35 points, followed by Tigers, Blue Waters and Black Africa all on 25 points.
Orlando Pirates have 12 points.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Orlando Pirates’ coach Lucky Kakuva said his team is ready for the showdown, and they are confident of causing an upset.
“All systems are up and running for tomorrow night; players do not need to be motivated for a game of such a big magnitude. At the moment we have no point to prove, because psychologically we have an edge over Stars as we already defeated them in the first round of the league - they are the once who now have a point to prove on Friday night,” he said.
The coach added that his players gained their confidence back after beating Tura Magic in the Bidvest Namibia Cup over the past weekend.
“We have not been playing well in the league but since we defeated Tura Magic we are confident of putting up a good display over the weekend in our league games,” he noted.
Orlando Pirates beat Tura Magic 3-1 on penalties in the Bidvest Namibia Cup after drawing 1-1 in regular time.
Kakuva told this agency that all his players are well and ready to play on Friday, with the exception of Terbuis Uiseb who is nursing a groin injury.
African Stars coach Woody Jacobs was not available for comment.
The rest of the fixtures for Saturday and Sunday are:
Saturday:
Sam Nujoma Stadium:
Civics vs Eleven Arrows
Citizen vs Blue Waters
Rebels vs United Stars
Tigers vs Julinho Sporting

Unam Stadium
Oscar Norich:
Black Africa vs Touch & Go
Unam vs Benfica

Sunday:
Rebels vs Julinho Sporting
Unam vs Touch & Go
Black Africa vs Benfica

Sam Nujoma Stadium:
Tigers vs United Stars
Civics vs Blue Waters
Citizen vs Eleven Arrow
Tura Magic vs Orlando Pirates

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