Tuesday 13 April 2021
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Standard Bank Top 8 final set for Sam Nujoma

African Stars F.C and Tigers F.C will tomorrow battle it out, in a fight for the top prize when they clash in the first ever final of the Standard Bank Top 8 set for tomorrow at Sam Nujoma.
Standard Bank Namibia last year launched the Top 8 competition which is set to run for three years. The Cup will see the winners walk away with N$ 500 000, while the runners up will receive N$ 300 000 and the two teams that lost in semi-final will get N$ 125 000 each.
Tigers Football Club and African Stars reached the final of the Standard Bank Top Eight Cup after ousting their opponents in the second leg matches of the semi-final played in the capital last month.
The first leg of the semi-finals took place on 17th March in Walvis Bay, where Tigers were held to a goalless draw by Black Africa. African Stars defeated Tura Magic 1-0. The Katutura giant pins its hopes of winning silverware this season on the cup, when they lock horns with relegation threatened Tigers F.C tomorrow after already failing to close gap on the title race against bitter rivals Black Africa.
In a recent interview this week African Stars’ manager, Lesley Kozonguizi said they are determined to take the title home.
“We are fully determined to win the cup, as the league is out of reach now. We are fully focussed and ready to defend and win the title,” said Kozonguizi.
Meanwhile Tigers F.C who was in the danger zone a week ago, bagged vital points on Tuesday when they beat Rundu based outfit Julinho Sporting F.C by 3-0 to revive next season’s top 8 eight competition.
Tigers F.C currently occupies 10th spot on the log, standing with 29 points.
The win marked the first ever win under newly recruited coach Ali Akan following consecutive defeats from Young Brazilians, Orlando Pirates and Eleven Arrows since his being in charge.
Though they are on the bottom half of the log, Tigers are upbeat that they will get the results on Saturday.
“Tigers are a big team and African Stars are a big team. When it comes to cup final there are no underdogs. What we are going to do on Saturday is to redeem ourselves for the poor form.
What we are telling African Stars is that they can bring it on. We are ready for them, and we have a surprise for them,” Hafeni Hivelwa, the team’s Public Relations Officer said.
“If they think the game is going to be a walk over then they are mistaken,” added the PRO.
“We have added three new players and that’s going to be our surprise for them. Also a new coach has brought in a new way of playing unlike the previous coach. And we are only going to play players who have the loyalty of the team.”

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