African Stars ready to lift the Super Cup

28 Jul 2015 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) champion African Stars Football Club (FC) has indicated its intention to win the second edition of the Standard Bank Super Cup set for Saturday.
In its inaugural year, Stars lost the one-day competition to Black Africa 2-3.
This year, Stars will play Bidvest Namibia Cup winner Tigers FC at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Andrew Tjahikika will be Stars’ caretaker coach on the day, following the resignation of coach Woody Jacobs on Monday this week.
Jacobs this year led the team to its first Premier League title in four years.
Tjahikika was an assistant to both Jacobs and former coach Bobby Samaria.
Tjahikika was quoted in a statement availed by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Tuesday that Stars have a target of winning the Super Cup and would not relent from it.
“The boys were touched by the news of their coach resigning but we spoke to them and made them understand that coaches come and go but African Stars remain a brand, and it is now up to us left behind to move forward just like we planned all along. Woody is gone but life goes on.
“We lost out last year on the cup to a well-drilled BA side, but this time we are playing Tigers and everyone knows how important victory will be for us to start the season on a good note,” he said. The 2015/16 NPL season will commence next month.
He added that Stars have the advantage of having played competitive football this past weekend in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup.
“We played against Julinho (Sporting) and (Mamelodi) Sundowns - two tough games - and we know how fit our players are and what combinations can work for us.
“I believe with the right attitude on Saturday, we can win this cup and we have no excuse at the moment,” stated Tjahikika.
Stars lost against Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.
The caretaker coach also reveals that Stars will be at their strength on Saturday as they will have Brave Warriors’ defender Ferdinand Karongee back in the team as well as Dennis Ngueza, who limped off with a muscle injury against Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa on Saturday evening.
The Standard Bank Super Cup match is played between the League champion and Bidvest Namibia Cup victor. The winner goes home with N.dollars 500 000 and the loser N.dollars 250 000.
Tickets are available at Computicket for N.dollars 30.
(NAMPA)
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