Pirates aim to win last Bidvest Namibia Cup

WINDHOEK: Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Orlando Pirates Football Club (FC) are hopeful of winning the Bidvest Namibia Cup for the first time.

Round 32 of the third and last edition of the Bidvest Namibia Cup is scheduled to kick off over the weekend in Windhoek and Tsumeb.

African Stars won the cup twice.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Pirates’ coach Lucky Kakuva said his team is ready for their game against Tura Magic at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.

“Last weekend in the league games, we had difficulties with our players being injured, and we failed to collect the six points which we wanted.

But going into this weekend’s game in the Bidvest Namibia Cup, we need to win our game to avoid being eliminated from the cup competition,” he noted.

Kakuva added that the Bidvest Namibia Cup is one of the competitions which they would like to win this year.

“The Bidvest Cup is one of the biggest competitions in the country, and like all teams, we are working towards winning the cup this year.

But we first need to defeat Tura Magic, who are a really good team,” he stated.

Kakuva told this agency that all his players are now back at training, and they are working hard for Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, Tura Magic coach Timo Tjongarero said they are mentally prepared to play Pirates.

“It is a bit difficult coming out of a weekend where we failed to collect six points from our two games, but at the moment, we are mentally prepared to play in the Bidvest Cup against a team which we always struggle to defeat,” he said.

Tura Magic drew their two league games against Citizens and Civics over the past weekend.

Tjongarero added that his team is currently injury-free, and they are looking forward to doing better than what they had achieved in the Bidvest Namibia Cup last year.

“Going into the weekend, we know we have to win this game because last year we reached the semi-finals, and this season we want to do better than that.

But our concern at the moment is the team’s lack of goal-scoring, but we are working on that at training at the moment,” he continued.

The Round of 32 matches will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and the Oscar Norich Stadium in Windhoek and Tsumeb, respectively.

Below are the fixtures:

Sam Nujoma Stadium:

Saturday:

Swakopmund FC vs Real Fighters

Otjiwarongo FC vs Java Java FC

Pirates vs Tura Magic

Sunday:

Unam vs Blue Boys

Civics vs Rebels

Eleven Arrows vs Pubs FC

Oscar Norich Stadium:

Saturday:

Young Chiefs vs Ogongo United

Oshikoto NamPol vs Omaheke NamPol

Cuca Tops vs African Stars

Tigers vs Western Stars

Shooting Stars vs Black Africa

Citizens v Benfica

Sunday:

Touch and Go vs Ohangwena NamPol

Mighty Gunners vs Kangwenu Black Tops

United Stars vs Julinho Sporting

Blue Waters vs Vietnam Rangers

The first match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium will kick off at 15h00 on Saturday, and 10h00 at the Oscar Norich Stadium.

On Sunday, the first game will start at 14h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, and 09h00 at the Oscar Norich Stadium.

The Round of 16 will be contested on 27 and 28 February as well as on 01 March, with the quarter-finals set for the weekend of 27 to 29 March.

The semi-finals will take place from 24 to 26 April, while the final will be contested on 30 May at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

SOURCE: Nampa