Stars ready to make history

20 Dec 2018 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 DEC (NAMPA) – African Stars Football Club head coach Bobby Samaria says his team is ready for their potentially history making match against Orlando Pirates in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Victory for Stars will see them become the first Namibian team to qualify for the group stages of the premier African Club Football competition.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Samaria said preparations are going well, with no major injuries to report.
“Mbazuvara (Ratanda) suffered a knock in South Africa and we gave him two days off. He is back in training and working hard. The mood is also lifted compared to when we went to Orlando following the 5-1 loss to Black Africa. That has disappeared and everyone is all smiles,” Samaria said.
He added that the result in Johannesburg has helped everyone in the club recover from the defeat by BA.
Samaria said in terms of motivating the players, it is easy for his technical team because the team’s confidence is back, adding that the knowledge that they held professionals to a 0-0 draw away from home and the fact that there will be agents watching them with potential professional contracts is self-motivational.
Stars managed to hold Pirates to a 0-0 draw at Orlando Stadium in the first leg of the 2018/19 CAF Champions League tournament.
Samaria, who only had a few days to work the team before the first leg, said they have a strategy to counter Pirates even though he expects his opponents to have done their homework following the first leg.
“It is an uphill task. We are going to move this mountain and qualify for the next stage of the competition. Both teams will start with their strongest team. They know what to expect from us, we also know. For me I have my trump cards for them whom they do not know,” he said.
Samaria added that playing away from home for Pirates will work against them as they are not used to the heat and the artificial turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
“The fans will also play a major role in cheering Stars on to victory. Orlando Pirates is used to playing in front of big crowds, but our crowd will be different. There is more at stake for this match,” he stated.
The match will start at 16h00 on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The winner of this tie will qualify for the group stages of the tournament, which will see them receive N.dollars 7 million for reaching the stage.
The losers will then drop to the CAF Confederations Cup.
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