Tigers going for Stars in Cup

Tigers going for Stars in Cup

AN explosive match is anticipated when Tigers will be going all out to bring down African Stars in this year’s edition of the First National Bank (FNB) Cup knockout stage at the Mariental Sports Grounds on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16h00. Tigers boast a stronger side with Brave Warriors midfielder Letu Shatimwene expected to dictate matters in the engine room.Left-back Jeremia Baisako’s crosses can neatly be converted into goals by the experienced Nelson Akwenye and teammate Dokkies Schmidt.Akwenye, Baisako and Shatimwene will be back in time for the encounter after representing the Brave Warriors in an international friendly against Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.Schmidt, who failed to impress several clubs in South Africa last season, has rejoined Tigers and is hoping to score more goals to attract the eye of national team coach Ben Bamfuchile.Another key player for Tigers will be striker Stanley Kwambi, who also led the team as captain at some stage last season.The stocky striker has the ability to score from tight angles, while his height is sometimes deceiving for towering defenders who at times cannot keep up with his pace.On their part, African Stars will have strikers Johannes Seibeb and Freedom Puriza who will be leading the attack against ‘Ingweinyama’.Seibeb also toured with the Brave Warriors to Zimbabwe and forms an integral part of the ‘Samba Boys’.He is known for his thundering shots at goal, while Puriza has proven to be resourceful for the side with a never-say-die attitude.Last year’s edition saw African Stars losing to coastal giants Blue Waters in a penalty shootout, which would perhaps boost their quest to go beyond the semi-final stages.In an earlier match at the same venue, premiership entrants Friends will rub shoulders against Outjo-based Golden Bees, which also rejoined the elite league this season.Both teams were relegated a season ago and will be given an opportunity to test their strengths before they meet later in the league.That encounter is set for 12h00.Black Africa will possibly find it easy to go past lower-division side Invincible in their match, which kicks off at 14h00.With their current form and coming from two wins in the league, another victory in a friendly against Orlando Pirates earlier, BA stand a better chance to advance to the next stage.The final match on the day will see Deportivo Alaves taking on Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek at 18h00.SKW are currently occupying first spot in the NPL and this has already boosted their confidence.SKW, which proved a tough nut to crack in last year’s domestic league, will be hoping to play convincingly this season to avoid the relegation fears that haunted them in their last matches.SKW will this season be without veteran defender Lucky Kakuva, who retired at the end of last season and who is now serving as one of the assistant coaches.For Deportivo, who also had a stint in the premiership, it will be a tall order to go past SKW, who boast with some fine players this season.Former Black Africa marksman Eric Aoseb is the latest edition to the side, while striker Arent von Stryk and the tricky Patrick Jagger will also be in the mix.The winner between African Stars and Tigers will take on the victor between Deportivo Alaves and SKW, while the winner between Friends and Golden Bees will square up against the winner between Black Africa and Invincible.These matches will take place on Sunday at 13h00.Nampa * Additional Reporting by The NamibianTigers boast a stronger side with Brave Warriors midfielder Letu Shatimwene expected to dictate matters in the engine room.Left-back Jeremia Baisako’s crosses can neatly be converted into goals by the experienced Nelson Akwenye and teammate Dokkies Schmidt.Akwenye, Baisako and Shatimwene will be back in time for the encounter after representing the Brave Warriors in an international friendly against Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.Schmidt, who failed to impress several clubs in South Africa last season, has rejoined Tigers and is hoping to score more goals to attract the eye of national team coach Ben Bamfuchile.Another key player for Tigers will be striker Stanley Kwambi, who also led the team as captain at some stage last season.The stocky striker has the ability to score from tight angles, while his height is sometimes deceiving for towering defenders who at times cannot keep up with his pace.On their part, African Stars will have strikers Johannes Seibeb and Freedom Puriza who will be leading the attack against ‘Ingweinyama’.Seibeb also toured with the Brave Warriors to Zimbabwe and forms an integral part of the ‘Samba Boys’.He is known for his thundering shots at goal, while Puriza has proven to be resourceful for the side with a never-say-die attitude.Last year’s edition saw African Stars losing to coastal giants Blue Waters in a penalty shootout, which would perhaps boost their quest to go beyond the semi-final stages.In an earlier match at the same venue, premiership entrants Friends will rub shoulders against Outjo-based Golden Bees, which also rejoined the elite league this season.Both teams were relegated a season ago and will be given an opportunity to test their strengths before they meet later in the league.That encounter is set for 12h00.Black Africa will possibly find it easy to go past lower-division side Invincible in their match, which kicks off at 14h00.With their current form and coming from two wins in the league, another victory in a friendly against Orlando Pirates earlier, BA stand a better chance to advance to the next stage.The final match on the day will see Deportivo Alaves taking on Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek at 18h00.SKW are currently occupying first spot in the NPL and this has already boosted their confidence.SKW, which proved a tough nut to crack in last year’s domestic league, will be hoping to play convincingly this season to avoid the relegation fears that haunted them in their last matches.SKW will this season be without veteran defender Lucky Kakuva, who retired at the end of last season and who is now serving as one of the assistant coaches.For Deportivo, who also had a stint in the premiership, it will be a tall order to go past SKW, who boast with some fine players this season.Former Black Africa marksman Eric Aoseb is the latest edition to the side, while striker Arent von Stryk and the tricky Patrick Jagger will also be in the mix.The winner between African Stars and Tigers will take on the victor between Deportivo Alaves and SKW, while the winner between Friends and Golden Bees will square up against the winner between Black Africa and Invincible.These matches will take place on Sunday at 13h00.Nampa * Additional Reporting by The Namibian

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