Mighty Gunners are determined to avenge the defeat to Young African in the final of the 2017 Namibia Football Association (NFA) Cup when the two sides clash on Saturday in Gobabis in the semifinals of the MTC NFA Cup Aweh.
Otjiwarongo-based Namibia Defence Force outfit Mighty Gunners are also seeking to break their NFA Cup voodoo and make it third time lucky as they target marching all to lifting the coveted Cup.
Gunners’ coach Gerhardt Hengari says his troops are ready to rumble at Legare Stadium.
” We have been preparing for this match with clear objectives and since the round of 32 we set a wining goal”, states Hengari.
Gunners lost in 2013 to African Stars and then to Young African in 2017 in the final of the same competition and coach Hengari is confident this time around.
” We have about 70% of the players from those two final defeats and this is it for this crop of players. We have the experience and the right mentality right now to go all the way. We know it won’t be easy against a young and fierce side who will be at home but we’ve been here before and have done our homework”, Hengari warns Young African.
Gunners and African will meet in the second semifinal of the MTC NFA Cup Aweh at 16h00, which will be preceded by Blue Waters against Civics at 14h00.
After Gobabis, all roads will lead to Swakopmund, Vineta Stadium for the MTC NFA Cup Aweh Finals on Saturday 23 October.
The losing semi-finalists will play the second match of the day for thris and Fourth places. An exhibition match between the MTC Team against the Media Team will open the programme on the day in the build up to the grand finale.
Apart from the lucrative teams prize monies, four individual awards will be handed out: The Player of the Series award; Goalkeeper of the Series; Top Goalscorer and the Referee of the Series.
So far Gunners hitman Asser Hara-Amseb leads the goalscorer chat with seven goals, four coming in the round of 32 and three in the round of 16. He’s followed by already eliminated Citizens’ Lazarus Naruseb on four goals.
Leading telecommunication giants MTC sponsors the NFA N$4.5 Million annually for the FA Cup for the next three years.
The winning team of the tournament will walk away with N$500 000 and runners-up
to take N$250 000 while the third and fourth place receive N$150 000 and N$100 000 respectively.