Double-header thrill awaits soccer fans
Despite lack of competitive football in over a month, Citizens FC will leave no stone unturned in their surge for a final place in the 2014 Bidvest Namibia Cup as they face United Stars on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Citizens will face Premier League side United Stars on Saturday, with the first semi-final match scheduled to kick-off at 15h00 and according to their coach George Ochurub, the lower division side, who will be playing Premier League football next season, are prepared to reach their ever final of the lucrative competition.
“We have nothing to lose. This is our best chance of reaching a final, our first final of this magnitude.
Our preparations have been well thus far.
We have a full squad with no injuries and despite not playing competitive football for over a month now since our league ended, we have kept it together and the mind frames of the guys is just where I want it,” he said.
“This is the cup of dreams and is dreaming on and on and we dream of the final appearance and come Saturday, United Stars will face a determined side indeed,” added Ochurub.
Ochurub is however mindful of Stars’ threat and knows it will be a tough nut to track.
“United Stars play every week and they are very fast but we have a plan for it. It will be a tough match but we have a balanced team and the players have come this far and they know extra effort will put them in the jackpot. We are not just here to play but to win,” stated Ochurub.
The Citizens versus United Stars clash at 15h00 will be the first of the double-header semi-finals schedule of the 2014 Bidvest Namibia Cup and at 17h00 the second semi-final between defending champions African Stars and Tura Magic, in an-all premier league encounter.
Tickets for the double-header are N$30 each on Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide.
Of the 32 teams that have participated in the competition, thus far, only reigning champions, Katutura based African Stars, United Stars from Rundu, Citizens and Tura Magic have managed to fight off opposition.
Reigning champions African Stars will be hoping to keep the cup in Windhoek but will have to beat Tura Magic in the expectedly thrilling encounter whilst premiership hopefuls Citizens will be out to prove a point when they battle it out against United Stars.
Over 200 teams participated in this year’s competition.
The Bidvest Namibia Cup kicked off on 8 February when soccer teams across various tiers locked horns, in the hopes of lifting the Bidvest Namibia Cup. Now in its second year, organisers have ensured that football lovers all over Namibia can participate in the competition as fixtures were played in various regions in the country.