Tigers Ready to Maul Pirates in Biest Finale

With the third and final edition of the popular Biest Cup slatted for Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, the build up to this weekend’s final between Tigers and Orlando Pirates was yesterday clouded by a war of words between the two clubs’ coaches.

Speaking at the final official press conference held at Football House yesterday, Orlando Pirates mentor Lucky Kakuva was first to fire a warning shot, cautioning his opponents to expect nothing but a fierce battle from his soldiers. “We have been waiting for this moment and the players’ confidence is very high. We know we can win his cup and the players can’t wait for Saturday to come. Having made it this far, I gly believe that we can win this one. We have to do it for us and for our supporters,” said Kakuva.

He added that all players are available except injured, Zimbabwean import midfield kingpin Knowledge Mutyoraringa, who will face a late fitness test. Pirates captain Volten van Staden also joined the chorus with his coach: “We are ready to make history and can’t wait for Saturday. The spirit in camp is high and we all know what is at stake and we’re ready for the final.”

At the other end of the table, a calm and collected Tigers’ coach Bobby Samaria said: “We will do the talking on the field of play at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday not here in the boardroom.

“It will be a tough final and might be without the services of our reliable goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua as well as Absalom Iimbondi, who are both nursing some minor injuries but we are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Saturday. Otherwise, we will be ready to compete and battle well against Pirates. It won’t be easy but we will be prepared,” stated Samaria.

Meanwhile, Tigers skipper Peka Amukwaya expressed his desire to win the final edition of the Biest Cup and the N$550 000 that comes with it. “Just like coach Mannetti said at Cosafa, this is our time. It is time for Tigers to taste the good times too. It has been 19 years and we need to make our people happy too. Saturday is D-day.”

The curtain will finally come down on the final of the 2015 Biest Namibia Cup, as the gates open at 12h00, with loads of entertainment in the build up to the 14h30 kickoff for the grand finale.

Also up for grabs on the day will be the Top Goal-scorer and Player of the Tournament awards, each worth N$25 000, while the runner-up in the final will walk away with N$220 000 and African Stars and Eleven Arrows, semifinal losers, will each receive N$115 000.

The All Access Pass competition draw will also be done at halftime on the day with the grand prize winner to be flown to Sunderland to watch the Biest-sponsored club in English premiership action next season.

Tickets for Saturday’s final are available on Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers countrywide and at Football House for N$30 each.

Source : New Era