Magic test for Stars

The African Stars coaching staff are hopeful of securing maximum points tonight against Tura Magic, but it will not be an easy clash.

17 April 2019 | Sports

Tura Magic coach Fortune Eichab says they are hoping to exploit frailties in the African Stars backline, when it comes to pace.

He was speaking ahead of their MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) clash tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20:00.

The two teams will be meeting for the third time this season, after playing each other twice in the Standard Bank Top 8 Cup and once in the premier league.

Eichab believes his side has what it takes to beat African Stars.

“I am happy because I have a full squad at my disposal and it is not the same like when we played in Rundu.

“I will use two strikers and speed will be the centre of our game, in order to outrun those aging African Stars defenders.

“Our aim is to finish third, and we can all see that the premier league teams are trying their best, and that is why three points in the bag will be very important for us,” Eichab said.

Stars and Magic played to a 1-1 draw when they met in the league in the first round.

African Stars recently managed to beat Magic 1-0 in the first leg of their Standard Bank Top 8 Cup semi-final clash in Walvis Bay, before they played to a 0-0 draw in the second leg. Tonight's game is expected to be balanced, with both sets of players gunning for a victory.

In the past, this fixture has always produced exciting football but not enough goals.

The stakes are high for both clubs, as they are both looking to close the gap between themselves and current log leaders Black Africa, with only a handful of matches remaining.

African Stars, who are in second place on the table, are well-aware that a win tonight could bring them within just one point of their bitter rivals.

Stars will rely on the services of their new man Marcel Papama and Youssef Ibrahim, who has played well so far this season.

Tura Magic, however, have a host of talented players at their disposal and are likely to fancy their chances against and aging Stars backline.

Last weekend African Stars finished off with a 3-0 victory over Citizens, after being held 1-1 by Eleven Arrows on Friday.

Tura Magic also come into the match oozing confidence, following their 2-0 win over Julinho Sporting on Sunday.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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