African Stars executive member, Brian Makari, believes his team is mentally and physically fit to beat CAF Confederations Cup defending champions and three-time CAF Champions League winners, Raja Casablanca, when the two teams meet on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Kick-off is at 16h00.
African Stars are yet to hit the ground running in the domestic league this season with two defeats in four games, but Makari remains upbeat against a Casablanca side that has won the Morocco league on 11 occasions and was runners-up in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013, when they lost 2-0 to German giants Bayern Munich.
“We are going to win the game. We are strong enough to beat them. We were just unlucky against Pirates because in football you need luck. We are not afraid of any team and I can tell you that any team drawn against Stars gets afraid,” Makari said.
African Stars should be wary of Raja Casablanca’s Abdelilah Hafidi who has played 125 matches for the club and has scored 43 goals.
Another player that can cause damage for Raja is DRC Congo midfielder, Lema Chikito Mabidi, who has been capped 23 times by his country.
The return leg will be played on 20 January in Morocco.