Stars relish Casablanca draw

The African safari of one of Namibia's decorated clubs, African Stars, has not ended as they still have a few more rivers to cross to meet the Moroccans close to the Mediterranean Sea in early January.

02 January 2019 | Sports

Former African Stars captain Pat-Navin Uanivi says his team is ready to face Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca in the Confederations of African Football (CAF) Confederation Cup.

The Reds entered the competition after exiting from the prestigious CAF Champions League preliminary rounds after going a goal down to Orlando Pirates over two legs.

The team from the heart of Katutura immediately grabbed the chance of playing in the second tier of Africa's biggest football league.

“I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas but it will be now back to business when everyone will have to play their part.

“We are ... ready to play football, be it in Africa or any other international competition,” Uanivi said.

The former captain recently staged his own tournament at Otjombinde to celebrate his 20 years of playing football at top level.

“The tournament went very well and it is all thanks to the players and the people who granted me the opportunity to do so.

“I do not believe I will do that next year because they have to play their own tournaments.

“I will however stage one in Gobabis were all teams are invited to take part in the competition,” he said.

Stars won the NPL title last season after accumulating 64 points and winning 19 matches.

The club drew on seven occasions, while losing only four of their 30 matches.

The champions scored 40 goals and conceded 14, with star striker Panduleni Nekundi netting 15 goals.

Stars' arch-rivals Black Africa failed to pip the champions to the post last season and finished on 55 points.

The Mighty Gunners came third with 54 points, delivering their best performance ever in the premier league.

Unam FC also had a good campaign, taking fourth spot with 48 points.

Black Africa are leading the table with 16 points, followed by Mighty Gunners who are level on points with the former league champions after seven matches played.

Citizens are at the bottom of the top pack with 11 points.

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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