Gunners have the experience- Hengari

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Mighty Gunners will take their 2013 NFA Cup final experience into Saturday clash against Young African at Gobabis as they aim for second time lucky in the final of Namibia’s prestigious football competing, the Debmarine Namibia Cup.

Gunners came close in 2013 when they lost 2-0 to African Stars in the final at the Sam Nujoma stadium and coach Gebhardt Hengari reckons that experience, together with proper planning this week will make sure they take the cup back to Otjiwarongo.

“We have been here before. We lost to Stars in 2013 and we gave a good account of ourselves and come Saturday we still have about 70 percent of those players and they have matured over the years and they can make it possible for us” says Hengari who was at the helm in the defeat four years ago.

Hengari adds that despite African having the home-ground advantage, they will stick to the plan and see the game through.

“African will be at home and remember we played Stars at their home in 2013 as well and we know what to do and we have played some crucial league games away this season and we have learned a lot in terms of dealing with the crowds and playing according to our tactics.”, Hengari explains.

Gunners drove back to their base in Otjiwarongo on Monday morning, following their 2-1 defeat at UNAM on Saturday on match-day 10 of the Namibia Premier league while African goes into the final on a back of a 2-1 win over Civics at their fortress, the Legare Stadium in Gobabis.

“ We don’t have any injuries and everyone is available for selection for the Saturday’s and the defeat on Sunday also gives us that extra drive to make amends and it does come better than a cup final that we so want to win” says Hengari, whose Gunners played to a 2-2 draw at Citizens on Saturday.

Match-day tickets will be selling at Football House and on Computicket outlets at Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide for N$ 30 each.

Gunners and African will each receive an increased N$ 30 000 for travel and preparations and Man of the Match will get N$ 5000 and the player will have to select a charity of his choice that will receive an equivalent amount.

In December, 2016, the NFA and Debmarine Namibia announced and signed the agreement worth over N$14 million for three years, marking the richest cup competition in domestic football with the winners guaranteed N$ 500 000.