Tigers gun for Bidvest final round
Tigers coach Bobby Samaria is confident and believes that his side has what it take to reach the final of the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup and plans to brush side their semifinals opponents, Eleven Arrows on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Samaria, who joined Tigers in 2012 after a very successful tenure at African Stars where he won back to back league titles and also one NFA Cup between 2008 and 2010, reckons he got enough arsenal to overcome the youthful Arrows side in the first semifinal encounter on Saturday in Katutura.
“Arrows are worthy opponents and such we will not underestimate them whatsoever. This is a cup game and I expect it to be tightly contested. However that being said, I believe we have what it takes to proceed to the final round,” Samaria said.
Samaria said,“we were almost knocked out by Julinho and I believe we showed our fortitude and character and going forward we have rectified and will plan accordingly to make sure we go all the way. We came back out of death in the nick of time and that to me is testimony that it is meant to be. It will be our cup.”
Meanwhile, Hepundja, who was on the bench as assistant to then Arrows coach Congo Hindjou in their side’s 2011 NFA Cup triumph over Civics at the Khuisebmond Stadium, will set the cat among the pigeons on Saturday at 12h00.
“We are the underdogs but that does not mean it will be walk in the park for Tigers. We know they will be tough and they are favourites and they have all the pressure to win which can give us room to execute our plan on the day,” Hepundja said.
“The boys have really impressed and surprised all this season and we are preparing well for the semifinals and we aim to progress to the final. We respect Tigers and we know what to expect from them. We will have to work very hard to progress and we have to dig deeper,” an excited Hepundja said.
The Saturday football festival will start as early as 10h00 when the games open at the Sam Nujoma stadium and in the first game at 12h00, Eleven Arrows will face Tigers in the first semi-final and at 14h30, Stars and Pirates will lock horns. Football fans are urged to buy their tickets at Computicket outlets at Shoprite/Checkers countrywide for N$30 each.