Buoyed by their recent win over Citizens in a Debmarine Namibia Cup round of 32 match, relegation threatened Young Chiefs expect to register an easy win against fellow strugglers Chief Santos
in a Namibia Premier League (NPL) match on Saturday at the Oshakati Independence Stadium.
With only five games remaining before the end of the 2017/18 football season, the result of Saturday’s match will be crucial in deciding where the two clubs will be playing next season.
Chiefs are currently in 14th position on the log standings, with 23 points, while Santos anchor the table with 16 points.
The bottom three teams in the premier league will be relegated to the first division at the end of the season.
Chiefs head into the match at the back of a 6-5 win over Citizens on penalties after the match had ended in a 2-2 draw in normal regulation time.
Santos will, however, be no pushover after they too dispatched second division outfit, Reho Madrid Football Club, 4-0 in the Debmarine Cup on 24 March to progress to the next round of the competition.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer ahead of Saturday’s clash, Young Chiefs coach, Cascas Angula, said the win against Citizens could prove to be a turning point for his team in their quest for survival.
The former Brave Warriors and Civics striker said although they progressed to the next round of the Debmarine Cup, their focus will be on surviving the dreaded chop from the league instead of the lucrative competition.
“Survival is the main thing for us and not the cup (Debmarine Cup). This is a derby match and we want to take revenge for the defeat against Santos in the first round when they beat us 1-0 in Tsumeb.”
Angula believes that three victories from the remaining five matches will be enough for Chiefs to survive relegation.
“I am always hopeful and the players know that we can survive if we remain humble and if we treat every match like a cup final,” he said.
Santos coach, Mohammed Ouseb, said he is pleased with his team’s approach in recent games even though results have not been good.
“I am very happy with my players as they have been giving it their all. When you look at the matches we have played so far this season we have managed to create lots of chances, but the problem is that we have not converted those chances into goals,” the former Brave Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs defender said.
Like his opposite number, Ouseb said he is hoping for a survival miracle, adding that relegation to the first division, if it happens, will not be the end of the club.
“We will be fighting until the very end,” he said.