Friday 14 May 2021
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Underdogs UNAM FC ready for Debmarine finals

University of Namibia football club (UNAM FC) caretaker coach Ronnie Kanalelo remains resolute that his team is ready to give a good show come Saturday afternoon as they face Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions African Stars FC in the Debmarine Cup.
The match, which is the second final of the Debmarine Namibia Cup, will see the two sides battling it out for the N$500 000 cheque will be preceded by an exhibition game involving the China-bound national men’s under-23 team against the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan) side at 13h00.
UNAM, who are the underdogs on paper have equally earned their respect in the competition after sending home Black Africa to secure a spot in the finals. On the other side, Starlile also brushed off Civics to reach the final.
Kanalelo said although they are the underdogs and respect their opponents off the field, Saturdays spectacle will show which teams has what it takes to lift the trophy.
“Everyone plays to get to the finals and I think we would not have come this far if we did not have what it takes. We are going into this game with no fear but to play for a win,” said Kanalelo whose youthful ensemble recorded their best ever league finish after ending  fourth.
Kanalelo, who will be leading a relatively young team into the finals, said the team is ready for the competition with the young boys more than ever excited.
“This means a lot for the young boys and if you know how they usually play, you can expect the best from them. We have a few tactical plays we would like to exploit but the rest will be the usual persistent UNAM FC,” said Kanalelo.
While ‘Starlile’ are known to attract big crowds to their matches, UNAM will also be expected to bring their fans to the majestic Sam Nujoma Stadium. The teams received their playing gear this week.
Gates open at noon for the fans, with entrance tickets going for N$30 through Computicket at Shoprite/Checkers outlets countrywide, NFA Football House, and at the stadium on match day.
NAMAs winners Kalux and Sally Boss Madam are expected to grace the spectacle with a few hits.
The public can expect a fun-filled day at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, with the first 100 supporters guaranteed ‘a special gift from Sparky’ the Debmarine Namibia Cup mascot.

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