Stars eager to defend Standard Bank Super Cup
African Stars are ready for the Saturday's preliminary round of the 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup and aims to face Namibia Premier League (NPL) Champions Tigers on September 10 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the grand finale.
African Stars, fresh from finishing third during the annual Dr. Hage Geingob Cup where they defeated South Africa’s Orlando Pirates 8-7 on penalties on Sunday, are determined to defend the Standard Bank Super Cup which they won last year against Tigers. Stars captain Pat Uanivi states that “Stalile” are ready to face Mighty Gunners before facing either Tura Magic or Black Africa in the day’s final match for a place to play Tigers.
“We are ready to go all the way in this cup. For us this cup represents a deal platform to set the tone for the season and we will be ruthless on Saturday. We know the other three clubs are planning the same thing and it won’t be easy but we believe in ourselves enough to emerge victorious on Saturday”, Uanivi says.
Uanivi adds that the past weekend action in the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup has helped the team a lot and it’s now about the next game.
“We have worked very hard on fitness and the coach now knows where we are and going forward it’s all about planning for the next game, game tactics and right players. Playing those two games past weekend has expedited our fitness.”
On the new faces that featured for Stars at the weekend, Uanivi reveals that they are all in the coach Bobby Samaria’s plans for the new season.
“Siemfried Maharero and Alpheus Handura will be out of contracts by September at Tura Magic and might join us and for Ronald Ketjijere, there is a good chance of him staying with us too depending on other things. Panduleni Nekundi is another option and so is Denver Meyers. The players you saw last weekend are all what the coach want for next season and we will see”, Uanivi explains.
The extended 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup will start on Saturday, 13 August with an exciting new format of the preliminary round. Black Africa faces Tura Magic at 11h00 and Defending champions African Stars will take on Mighty Gunners at 13h00 at the majestic Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Later on, at 15h00, there will be an exhibition match which will be followed by the final match at 18h00 between the two winners from the day’s action with the winners advancing to face Tigers on 10 September ,to contest the 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup.
Tickets for Saturday are selling on Computicket for N$ 20 each. The 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup winners will go home N$ 500 000 richer and the loser will receive N$ 200 000.