Tantalising Top 8

Tigers head coach Peter 'Oubaas' Mokwena says his team is ready to grab their chance in the first leg of their Standard Bank Top 8 Cup semi-final clash tomorrow.

15 March 2019 | Sports

Peter 'Oubaas' Mokwena's Tigers will face Black Africa at 19:00 at the Kuisebmund Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday in what is expected to be an electrifying first leg semi-final clash in the Standard Bank Top 8.

“Preparations for the match have been successful. We are injury free and everyone is available for the match. This time around a have a bunch of players to choose from, with a plan B from the bench,” Mokwena said.

He added their focus is to go for the cup, in order to achieve something for the season.

“You never know, anything can happen in football and we only have one chance or else you are out.”

Mokwena added they can't sit back and watch while teams win double-headers.

He said Tigers will have to compete to the bitter end to get the result that will propel them to the Top 8 final.

Black Africa head coach Paulus Shipanga said they will enjoy the match and respect their opponents.

“Since it's a two-leg cup clash, we will go in cautiously,” Shipanga said.

On the same day, Tura Magic will also cross swords with African Stars in the first semi-final clash of the day at 16:00. Standard Bank Namibia chief executive Vetumbuavi Mungunda said at the semi-final draw that football is a universal sport played all over the world, and the bank is a perfect fit for football, as it has influence across Africa. “This cup brings more competition in the Namibia Premier League, as teams want to be part of the top eight. It also creates and treats fans to great football and allows for more players to be exported overseas.”

The tournament, which kicked off on 31 January and concludes on 30 March, is being sponsored to the tune of N$9 million over three years. Disappointingly, Orlando Pirates, Mighty Gunners, Unam and Eleven Arrows were already sent packing at the quarterfinal stage.

At the end of the competition, the winners will walk away with N$500 000. The runners-up will get N$250 000 and the semi-final losers will take home N$125 000 each.

The outstanding player of the tournament will get N$15 000, the same as the top goal scorer and best coach, while the best goalkeeper and referee will pocket N$10 000 each, with the best-performing assistant referee taking home N$5 000.

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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