Its David V Goliath in Cup Final

It will be David versus Goliath when minnows, Citizens, take on African Stars in the Biest Namibia Cup final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Citizens have already made history by becoming the first non-Premier League team to reach the final of Namibia’s premier cup competition, but now they want to break new ground by also winning the title for the first time.

African Stars, on the other hand, are one of the powerhouses of Namibian football. They are the defending champions of the Biest Namibia Cup while they still have a chance of winning the league and cup double this season.

This has however not fazed Citizens, who are determined to make history tomorrow afternoon, according to their owner David Goagoseb.

“I was at the training last night and I can tell you, the mood is high and the guys are ready to take on the giants. The spirit amongst the boys and the technical staff is very high and they are determined to be a part of history,” he said.

Citizens played to a 2-all draw against Civics in a friendly on Wednesday night but Goagoseb said the result was not that important.

“The result was not so important, it was more important to get our formations and tactics right. I’m very happy with our performance against Civics who are a fast-playing team.”

“We don’t have anything to lose, we will start as the underdogs, but we all want to be a part of history. We are already the first first division side to reach the final and now we also want to win it. A victory will also guarantee us a place in the new Super Cup against the league champions. The sky is the limit and I believe we can make it,” he added.

Goagoseb acknowledged that they will be outnumbered by Stars’ supporters but called on neutral soccer lovers for their support.

“We don’t have much support, we don’t even have registered supporters, but with our achievements in the Biest Namibia Cup we have won the hearts of many football fans in Namibia and I’d like to invite all football lovers to join us and support us on Saturday,” he said.

African Stars coach, Woody Jacobs, said they had a full squad with no injuries, but expected a touch encounter.

“Everyone expects African Stars to win, but Citizens are an unknown factor and will be playing for their lives so it will be a tough encounter. There will definitely be added pressure on us as the favourites, so the most important thing now is to get the players mentally ready. We cannot allow complacency to come in and we must not give them room to get into the game,” he said.

“Saturday’s final will be a mental game but I believe in my players’ ability and there’s no way that we will give up the Biest Namibia Cup. We are the defending champions and we want to make a habit of winning the cup,” he said.

African Stars still have a chance of winning the double but Jacobs said he only wanted to concentrate on Saturday’s final for now.

“My focus is on Saturday’s final, and there’s not too much emphasis on the league now. But I’m disappointed our appeal was dismissed, it would have given us a good chance to win the double. Now it’s out of our hands and will come down to how other teams like Blue Boys and Tura Magic do against Black Africa. But we will give it our all and if it does not happen then it would have been worth the challenge,” he said.

The 2014 Biest Namibia Cup winners will walk away with N$550 000 while the runners-up will get N$220 000.

Match tickets for the final are on sale at N$30 per person and are available at the NFA Football House and through Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers countrywide.

Source : The Namibian