Civics concerned by injuries 07.12. 2006
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Civics are concerned with injuries to some of their key players ahead of their FNB Cup semi final clash against defending champions Blue Waters at the Independence Stadium on December 9.
Paul Stramis, the Civics manager, said four of their key players, William Chilufya, Brian Brendell, Brian Gurirab and Jerry Matik, are nursing injuries.
Stramis said he would only know by tomorrow if the four would recover in time to play in the semi finals. "We are a bit worried about the injuries to some of our players. The situation will be clear by tomorrow when we hold our last training session, whether the four will play. We however, have a large pool of players and we are going to announce a 20-man squad today for the match against Blue Waters," he said. Sheperd Murape, the Blue Waters coach, said although he was building a new team, he felt his team could measure up to the challenge posed by Civics.
"I think we are going to do well this weekend in the FNB Cup tournament. I have a new team, because as you are well aware, I have lost most of my players during the off season. The new players have shown their capabilities in the league," he said.
African Stars and Black Africa will contest the other semi final at the Independence Stadium on December 9 with the final set for the same venue on December 16.
African Stars coach Gilbert Rwasoka was confident of reaching the final although he said he had average players.
"I have done well with this team since I became coach two years ago. We don't have quality players but the team works hard and I am sure we will reach the final. We don't have the money to buy the top players but we are hoping to win the trophy this year. We have come far," said Rwasoka.