08 Dec 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) side African Stars are focusing on each game as it comes when they tackle their busy schedule, head coach Robert Nauseb has said.
At a media conference on Friday in the capital, Nauseb said while it is difficult to keep his team focused on their match against Black Africa on Sunday while the match against Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the champions league is on the horizon, the team needs to remain focused on their goals for the season.
The match against Pirates is self-motivational, the players know how important that match is. I am motivated to beat them because that will be good for my CV. I have a squad of 25 players whom I trust very much and I know we can win both games, Nauseb said.
He stressed that playing against Black Africa (BA) on Sunday will give his team an opportunity to prepare for the South African team, as they will test their strategy in that game.
Nauseb said their short-term goal was to get 12 points from the first five matches of the season.
We have already dropped three points, meaning we cannot afford to lose against BA. That alone should motivate them to play well on Sunday. Last year Stars did not beat BA. During my days, I also suffered a lot in the hands of BA, so that alone is motivation, he added.
Nauseb said he will change his team a bit so as to give other players a chance to play, adding that only one player is on the injury list, and that is Gustav Isaack.
Turning to the continental match, Nauseb said he looks forward to meeting Pirates as he is a son of Kaizer Chiefs, and the current assistant coach at Pirates is a personal friend off the field and foe on it.
Rhulani Mokwena was a coach at Clubman High School and I coached at Benoni High, so we played each other many times. This game means if I do well, I will put myself in the window and someone may say, here is a young, new coach who is doing well, he added.
After the BA game, African Stars are set to travel to South Africa on Thursday for their match against Pirates next Saturday at the Orlando Stadium, before the return leg on 22 December at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.