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Top footballer Cloete tips Stars for title

Mon, 2 September 2013 03:09
by Michael Uugwanga

Reigning MTC Premiership Footballer of the Season, Riaan Cloete is confident that African Stars will scoop the much awaited title this season.
The start of the league has not been determined yet.
Stars will be looking for another Namibia Premier League (NPL) league title since they won it 2010. But they also came close to win it last season after a long tug-of-war with eventual winners Black Africa.
Stars lost the title last season before their last game of the season against BA in a goalless stalemate.
Despite losing the title, Stars finished of the season with a bang winning the Bidvest Cup and the NPL League Cup and finishing second in the league.
Cloete argues that his side still poses a threat to the champions, saying they will give them a tough run again this season.
With Woody Jacobs now in the Stars dressing room, Cloete says he is happy to work with Jacobs again whom he describe as a quality coach that can turn around the club’s fortunes.
“I worked with him at my time with Orlando Pirates. He (Jacobs) is very good and has a good relation with the players at Stars. Last season, we lost points against clubs that we should have beaten and I don’t expect that to happen again this time. It will be tough, though, because every team will be competing for the title, even clubs like Pirates, BA, Tigers and us,” says Cloete.
Cloete scooped the country’s football prestigious award with a cheque worth N$30 000.
He adds that he is happy to have signed a new contract with Stars after a few doubts on his next move at the end of the season.
Cloete also spend two seasons playing in Angola at Premeiro De Agosto where he won that country’s Angola Football Association (AFA) Cup.
The 28 year old former Pirates skipper says he cannot single out an opponent as he regards most players technically good in the league.
Cloete is currently in Ricardo Mannetti’s plans in the Brave Warriors set-up after starting his first Warriors game in an emphatic 3-0 win against Mozambique in Windhoek. He scored one and set-up another.