WINDHOEK, 16 MAY – The University of Namibia (UNAM) Football Club and African Stars have declared war on each other ahead of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Final scheduled for Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
Speaking at the kit handover ceremony in the capital Wednesday, both teams’ captains said their respective clubs are ready for the final football match of the 2017/18 local calendar.
“We want to create our own history, as you know, African Stars have a great history in Namibian football. Our aim was to improve on what we achieved last season,” Henrich Isaacs, the UNAM team captain said.
He added that preparations for the final started when they played their first match in the Round of 16 of the tournament.
Isaacs said they expect Stars fans to come out in numbers, but his teammates will not be intimidated by that.
His opposite number, Pat-Nevin Uanivi declared his team’s readiness saying they are looking forward to an exciting game as both teams play good football and are well organised in and out of the field.
“I call upon the Stars faithful to come in numbers to witness a good game of football. Hopefully, our fans will go home smiling. So far there are no injuries in our team,” he said.
Chairman of the Namibia Football Association Competitions, Roger Kambatuku paid tribute to the sponsors for sticking with football even during the dark days.
“We call upon the clubs to play their part by bringing their supporters to the stadium for this weekend’s final. We have confidence that Stars and UNAM will pack the stadium so as to impress the sponsors,” Kambatuku said.
He added that the competition has grown this year as compared to last year.
The 2018 Debmarine Cup kicked off on 15 March with the first and second division teams playing the first elimination round.
Young Africans were crowned champions in 2017 after extra time, beating Mighty Gunners 3-2 in the final played in Gobabis.
The winners will walk away with N$500 000 in prize money, while the runners-up will receive N$250 000 and each losing semi-finalist receives N$150 000.