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We can beat Pirates: Maova

Wed, 24 April 2013 20:39
by Online Reporter
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Rundu Chiefs are determined to finish the season on a high, as they host Orlando Pirates in the 2013 Bidvest Namibia Cup quarter-final match at the Rundu Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Despite the cup competition, the MTC Premiership side is facing the drop and are likely to be relegated back to the Northern Stream First Division if they dont up their game and performance altogether.
There are only three matches remaining in the league and the sides goalkeeper and captain Edward Maova, Chiefs’ survival drive starts against Pirates on Saturday.
“We played them last Saturday in Windhoek and could have won it only if we took our chances, but now that we are facing them in the cup and it is a total different story. I strongly believe we have a chance to go through”, said Maova.
Moava reckons the vocal crowd that will pack the Rundu Sports Stadium will play a pivotal role in their road to the semi-finals of the coveted cup competition that carries a prize-tag of N$500 000 for the winners.
“The support is always good at home but we are under pressure to perform and also save our premiership status. We are all talking to each other to make sure that we don’t crack under pressure but ensure that we use that to push ourselves to victory over Pirates,” said Maova.
The 18-year old Maova will strive for a clean sheet against the Buccaneers, who they led 1- 0 before conceding an equaliser in their premiership match in Windhoek last Saturday.
“The coach is helping the team a lot and he brought in lot of changes especially in terms of tactics and motivation. On Saturday, Pirates must be warned it won’t be walk in the park for them and we will fight till the end”, adds Maova.
Rundu Chiefs have done well under coach John Sikerete and Maova heaps praise on the former Mighty Gunners assistant coach, who just joined up with Chiefs in 2013.
He was also the head coach as Maova captained the Otjozondjupa Region which eventually hoisted 2013 The Namibian Newspaper Cup after hosting the event at Otjiwarongo a few weeks ago.
“The coach is helping the team a lot and he brought in lot of changes especially in terms of tactics and motivation. On Saturday, Pirates must be warned it won’t be walk in the park for them and we will fight till the end”, adds Maova.