Raja Casablanca will be a mountain to climb – Samaria

31 Dec 2018 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 DEC (NAMPA) African Stars head coach Bobby Samaria said facing defending champions Raja Casablanca in the Confederations of Africa Football (CAF) Confederations Cup will be a mountain to climb.
The CAF Confed Cup draw held in Tunisia on Friday pitted African Stars against Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the playoff games from which winner will advance to the group stage.
Samaria, in an interview with Nampa on Monday, said it is not an easy task to play against the defending champions who have experience in the competition, but they will try their best because anything is possible in football.
“They know what it takes and what to do to win in this competition. They have been there for years now so they have experience. They are not champions by fluke,” said Samaria.
He added that he is well aware of the threat posed by Raja Casablanca and he will try to organise his team to contain the attack by the North-African side.
“It is a mountain to climb, but we will find a way to move it or move around it. We have to find a strategy to beat them because in football, anything is possible. The (North-African) teams are not about individual work. They work as a team and that is where they are most dangerous because you can’t go around and man mark one player, anyone of them can punish you,” explained Samaria.
Stars will play their first leg at home in Windhoek on 11 January 2019 and the second leg will be played in Morocco on 18 January 2019.
The matches offer a second chance for African Stars in the second biggest club competition in the continent, after South Africa’s Orlando Pirates dumped them out of the CAF Champions League earlier this month.