Stars ready for Raja

The battle of north African and southern African football giants will begin at the Sam Nujoma Stadium this week.

08 January 2019 | Sports

MTC Namibia Premier League NPL champions African Stars will reignite their African journey on Saturday when they host CAF Confederations Cup defending champions Raja Casablanca of Morocco at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the 2018/19 CAF Confederations Cup.

Stars, who narrowly lost to Orlando Pirates of South Africa in December to bow of out the CAF Champions League in the second round of the preliminaries, are now taking on football giants Raja Casablanca in the Confederations Cup playoff round.

The first-leg match will be played on Saturday, 12 January at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 16:00.

Stars CEO Lesley Kozonguizi confirmed that tickets are on sale from Webticket outlets at Pick n Pay shops countrywide. They cost N$50 for general entrance and N$500 for VIP seats.

“We are representing Namibia and we want to leave a mark on the continent and we have so far done that with Pirates despite losing out. We get Raja now and this is one of the top clubs on the continent and we will see how it goes,” Kozonguizi said.

Stars started training at the NFA Technical Centre on Monday, with their latest Comorian signing Youssouf Ibroihim joining the team.

Cameroon match officials will handle the match. The date of Raja's arrival in Namibia is yet to be confirmed.

Stars and Raja are in contention to become one of the 16 teams that will qualify for the group matches.

The teams that progress will be divided into groups of four with each guaranteed at least US$275 000.

Stars will travel to Morocco to play Raja in the second leg on Sunday, 20 January.

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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