The battle of the Shipanga’s

Blue Waters and Arrows rivalry ignited
It will be a family affair as Blue Waters coach Lucky Shipanga has his eyes set on schooling his nephew, Paulus Shipanga, in their Debmarine Namibia Premiership match over the weekend.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
Two teams hailing from the same town with familiar ties and rivalries – Blue Waters and Eleven Arrows – welcome the return of league football as they go toe-to-toe at Jan Wilkens Stadium at 16:00 on Saturday.

Blue Waters coach Lucky Shipanga, who is the uncle of Eleven Arrows coach Paulus Shipanga, hopes to inflict much pain on his nephew, who was coaching the club at the time football made a short comeback.

"All I can say is that the team is ready, and the players are looking forward to this one.

"I am also looking forward to this match because I will be coming up against my nephew.

"It will be a bigger Shipanga against a smaller Shipanga, and the bigger one has to win," Lucky said.

Speaking about fitness, he emphasised that the players may not be at their best due to not playing enough preseason football.

The coach is, however, optimistic that the return of football will benefit the players and the crowd, and it is for that reason they are looking forward to claiming bragging rights on Saturday.

Personal

Paulus Shipanga, on the other hand, is expecting to prove his uncle – and the club that let him go – wrong.

Shipanga says she has a bone to chew, and the match against his boyhood club will be personal.

The Arrows coach, who only started this week, admitted that he has had little time as far as giving the players enough lessons.

"I will, however, be working on a miracle because this is very personal given that they let me go.

"To be honest, Blue Waters will have the advantage because they started training earlier.

"That will, however, not be an excuse because this is a derby and it is very personal, like I said," Paulus remarked.

Eleven Arrows chairman Marco Plaatjies also shared the same sentiments as his coach in terms of the team's readiness.

"I think this was on very short notice, but we still have to honour the fixture knowing that football only returned recently.

"As a club, we are happy with the return, and we invite our fans to come to the stadium," Plaatjies said.

Upcoming

The derby forms part of the Debmarine Namibia Premiership matches slated for the weekend.

Young African begin their campaign on the road as they travel to Rundu to face Julinho Sporting on Saturday at 15:00.

Life Fighters are expected to host Black Africa at the Mokati Stadium while the Young Brazilians play Tura Magic at Karasburg.

Okahandja United are scheduled to host Mighty Gunners at the Nai-Aub Stadium, while Julinho play Life Black Africa on Sunday at 14:00.

Life Fighters will then face Young African at Mokati Stadium on Sunday.

The football league commenced last week after Debmarine Namibia committed N$13 million towards the 2022/23 season.

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