21 Jan 2019 16:50pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) Local football coaches have lauded African Stars for their performance in the 2018/19 African Champions League and Confederation Cup, saying Namibian teams need to constantly participate in continental competitions in order to improve local football.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday following Stars 2-1 aggregate loss to Raja Casablanca on Sunday, Maleagi Ngarizemo, the Young African owner and coach said Stars need to be lauded for proving that Namibian football has come of age and can compete with the continents best clubs.
Credit must go to Stars management for making a commitment to compete in Africa because it inspires clubs like ours to dream big. Congratulations to the coach, the technical team and the players for representing Namibia with pride, he said.
The former national team player said the experience gained by the Stars players will rub off to their peers by improving the local league.
He said Bobby Samaria had proven to be shrewd coach who has the potential to stand toe-to-toe with the best on the continent, saying he has proven that he can handle the national team in the near future.
His views were echoed by new Unam FC coach, Woody Jacobs, who added that they were good ambassadors for the country.
It is the first time in a long time that a Namibian team takes part in an international tournament as our players were exposed to top quality opponents. I wish other teams [will] follow suite. The experienced gained by the Stars players is massive, it is life changing, Jacobs said.
He added that playing Volcano Club de Moroni of Comoros Island, Orland Pirates of South Africa and Raja Casablanca of Morocco was good advertisement for Namibian football.
The nomadic coach said Stars did not participate to make numbers but competed with the best, noting that this participation also helped the team market itself outside the borders of Namibia.
Another local coach, Brian Isaacs, called on corporate Namibia to support local teams when they participate in these continental competitions because of the expensive nature of such undertakings.
Paulus Shipanga, Black Africas coach, paid tribute to the defending Namibia Premier League champions, saying playing the former and current African champions one after the other is no easy feat, hence the need to celebrate the teams achievement.
They have opened doors for everybody to follow suite. Stars have proven that our local football is up there with the best in Africa. The team displayed great tactical and organisational structure in both matches. I am eager to see them getting back in the league, Shipanga said.
Stars played six matches in total in the two CAF competitions, winning one, losing two and drawing three.