Orlando Pirates players can not wait for action to come while Tigers believes it is their time to win the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup after a 19-year absence of major silverware as the build-up for the final on Saturday, 14h30 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium gains momentum.
During the final official press conference held at the Football House on Wednesday, Orlando Pirates coach Lucky Kakuva was in a bullish mood and played his cards open. “We are ready for this final and so confident of winning it and the players can’t wait for Saturday to come. We have waited for this one and having made it this far makes us believe that we can win this one. We have to do it for us and for our supporters as well,” said Kakuva.
The coach added that all players are available except for the injured midfield kingpin, Zimbabwean import Knowledge Mutyoraringa, who will face a late fitness test.
Volten van Staden of Pirates agreed with his coach and said, “we are ready to make history and can’t wait for Saturday. The spirit in camp is high and we all know what is at stake and we are ready for the final.”
For Tigers, Coach Bobby Samaria who has competed in a Bidvest final before, was rather more conservative. “We will do the talking on the field of play at the Sam Nujoma Stadium not in the boardroom,” he said.
“It will be a tough final but we are also missing two key players who are nursing injures. Lloyd Kazapua our goalkeeper and Absalom Iimbondi who was injured during one of the practice session of the Brave Warriors, but otherwise we will be ready to compete and battle well against Pirates. It won’t be easy but we will be prepared,” said Samaria.
“Like coach Mannetti said at Cosafa, it is our time. It is time for Tigers to taste the good times too. It has been 19 years and we need to make our people happy too. Saturday is D-day,” said Tigers captain Peka Amukwaya about his desire to help Tigers clinch cup glory.
The curtain will finally come down on the final of the 2015 Bidvest Namibia Cup as the gates open at 12h00, with loads of entertainment in the buildup for the 14h30 kick-off of the grand finale.
Also up for grabs on the day will be the Top Goal-scorer and Player of the Tournament awards, each worth N$ 25 000, while the runner-up in the final will walk away with N$ 220 000 and African Stars and Eleven Arrows, semifinal losers, will each receive N$ 115 000.
The All Access Pass competition draw will also be done at half-time on the day whereby the grand winner will be flown to Sunderland to watch the Bidvest sponsored club in English premiership action next season.