PLANNING: African Stars football director Ricardo Mannetti and coach Mervin Mbakera during a press conference at the club’s offices in Windhoek. PHOTO: Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
PLANNING: African Stars football director Ricardo Mannetti and coach Mervin Mbakera during a press conference at the club’s offices in Windhoek. PHOTO: Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

Top league games on the cards

Stars face Tura Magic
The Debmarine Namibia Premiership is expected to produce emphatic results this weekend as some of Namibia's football giants battle it out for league points.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

Windhoek

African Stars football club has invited its supporters to come in large numbers as they face Tura Magic at the Unam Stadium on Saturday.

Coach Mervin Mbakera expressed confidence in the players ahead of the match.

Stars will battle a wounded Tura Magic club on Saturday at 16:00 as football clubs resume their rivalry in Premier League football.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mbakera admitted that the players are not at their best yet, but said they are working overtime to make sure that they return to full fitness given the lengthy absence of top-flight football.

“The team has to be ready and produce results; otherwise, I could lose my job if they are not ready.

“It is for this reason, I am expecting the players to perform in order to secure the maximum points.

“We did pretty well in our last match because we had the experience and managed the game well.

“A point will come where we will also play an attractive brand of football because football is all about entertainment and results as well,” Mbakera noted.

Fans ready

Tickets for the African Stars match cost N$30 at shops and N$40 at the gate.

Windhoek will not only play host to the Stars match, but the Khomasdal Stadium will host a football league match for the first time in over a decade.

Tigers Football Club will host the Mighty Gunners in a match expected to entertain the crowd at 16:00.

It will be Tigers FC’s first match of the season, and many of their football-hungry fans are expected to flock to the stadium to watch the team they love dearly.

Matches

Rehoboth will also play host to league fixtures this weekend as Orlando Pirates host Okahandja United.

It will also be the Buccaneers’ first match of the season as they seek redemption at 16:00 at Rehoboth Stadium. The two Coastal giants, Blue Waters and Eleven Arrows, will still remain home this weekend.

Arrows play Citizens on Saturday at the Jan Wilkens Stadium in Walvis Bay at 14:00, while Blue Waters takes on Civics at 17:00 at the same stadium.

Unam FC travel all the way to Karasburg to confront a tricky Young Brazilian at 15:00.

The teams will again battle on Sunday, with Blue Waters taking on Citizens at 14:00 and Arrows battling Civics at 17:00.

Tigers FC’s second match of the weekend will be against Okahandja United at the Khomasdal Stadium at 16:00.

On Sunday, Orlando Pirates will battle Mighty Gunners at Rehoboth Stadium at 16:00.

Off weekend

Teams like Black Africa, Young African, Life Fighters and Rundu Chiefs all have an off weekend and will not be part of the weekend’s matches.

The Debmarine Namibia Premiership commenced about a fortnight ago following an N$13 million injection by Debmarine Namibia for the 2022/23 season.

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Namibian Sun 2022-11-27

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