Stars' preparations for Confederation Cup going well

09 Jan 2019 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) – Preparations for African Stars’ match against Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in the 2018/19 Confederation Cup on Saturday are going well despite the festive season break, the team’s assistant coach, Andrew Tjahikika has said.
Stars will face Raja Casablanca at the Sam Nujoma Stadium for the first leg of the 2018/19 Confederation of African Football Confederation Cup fourth round matches.
Raja are the defending champions.
Speaking at a media conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, Tjahikika said the players had one week to rest.
“We are training twice a day and we have been pushing the players to a certain fitness level which we are satisfied with. Tactically, our approach to the game against Raja will see us relying on our defensive strength and try to catch them on the counter,” he said.
Tjahikika added that Raja is a big team in Africa and play as a team, which makes them difficult to beat.
He noted that Stars also proved against Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the Champions League that playing as a unit is very effective.
The assistant coach went on to say that they will need to ensure that they score as many goals as they can when they face the Moroccans because Raja has always scored three goals or more on their home ground.
The former Stars captain noted that they have not conceded any goals away from home in this season’s tournament and if they can win here, they stand a chance of going through to the group stages.
His views were supported by club chairperson Patrick Kauta, who said Raja always perform well in African tournaments.
“Raja are deadly at home. They do not lose cheaply at home. Their strategy is to focus on continental trophies. They are the most successful team in the Confederation of African Football competitions,” he said.
Kauta said he is confident that Stars will perform well against their more fancied opponents.
They will then travel to Morocco for the second leg on 20 January in Marrakech.
Stars dropped to the Confederations Cup after losing by 1-0 on aggregate to South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in December.