African Stars gain valuable lessons from Caf clash

30 Nov 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – African Stars Executive Director Solomo Hei said their recent trip to the Comoros Island was a huge learning curve in terms of administration and playing continental football.
He was speaking during a media conference at Football House on Friday, following the club’s return after playing to a goalless draw with Volcano Club of Comoros in the Confederation of African Football African Champions League on Tuesday.
“When we got there, all was catered for,” Hei said.
He also paid tribute to the Comoros Island people for their investment in sporting facilities, especially stadiums, saying that is one thing Namibia needs to learn from them.
His views were echoed by the team’s coach, Robert Nauseb, who said his team has learnt a very important lesson – mental and physical strength.
Nauseb told the media the weather conditions were not favourable as Comoros is hot and humid, and his players could not train for three days due to jet lag.
“They put us on the back foot for the first 20 minutes. We could not open them up but after that, we dominated the game and we were unfortunate not to get a goal. They take football very serious because countries like Cameroon and Morocco went there and failed to win. They only managed to draw,” explained Nauseb.
At the same occasion African Stars Captain, Ronald Ketjijere said the game was a good experience for the players, especially the younger ones.
He, however, expressed disappointment with the attitude of his teammates at training.
“The boys complained about the long flying hours and bad food at the hotel, and their energy levels at training was just down, so I told them to change their attitude otherwise we won’t get the job done,” said Ketjijere.
Based on the current draw, African Stars are likely to face Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the next round of the competition, as they defeated Light Stars from Seychelles by a 5-1 score-line.