African Stars to represent Namibia in ACL

08 Jul 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia Premier League (NPL) 2018-19 runner-up African Stars Football Club will represent Namibia in the 2019/20 African Champions League tournament for the second successive year following the withdrawal of 2018/19 champions, Black Africa (BA).

This was confirmed by African Stars Chairperson, Patrick Kauta in an interview with Nampa on Monday, in which he said they had received confirmation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretariat.

“I engaged the competitions director last week when I was in Egypt for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. They have acknowledged that we will represent Namibia,” Kauta said.

His confirmation comes after social media was abuzz with news that Black Africa will participate, suggestions that were rubbished by the club’s chairperson, Browny Mutrifa, as well as NPL Chief Executive Officer, Harald Füller.

“It is an expensive exercise for us as BA to partake in the tournament and we made the NPL aware of the fact that we will not take part in the tournament. I do not know where these rumours are coming from,” Mutrifa said.

Füller added that the only confirmation they have is that of African Stars, not BA.

Stars will be part of the 33 teams who have entered the competition, with the 09th and 10th August being the tentative days for the first round of matches.

Kauta added that Stars will start their preparations for the new season on Tuesday and that new players will be joining the team.

This will be the second successive year that Stars participate in the tournament, following their exploits in the 2018/19 season, where they were eliminated by South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the second round.