Namibia’s Premier League defending champions, African Stars, had to settle for a draw against Moroccan club, Raja Casablanca, in their quest for glory in the CAF Confederation Cup game which took place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The host club cased a huge amount of excitement after they took the lead just before halftime with a spectacular goal by Alfeus Handura. Stars scored their first and only goal of the match in the 43rd minute of the game.
Five minutes after halftime, a player from Raja Casablanca struck the back of the net from a corner kick to equalise.
The match ended in a one all draw.
During the post match news conference Stars’ coach, Bobby Samaria said he believes his team was never given a chance going into the game, but feels that the team did well overall.
“We kept to our strategy and the players did well,” he said.
He said it was very unfortunate that his team conceded unnecessarily from a simple corner kick.
“The chance is now for us to try and make something of the next game and win,” he added.
Juan Carlos Garrido, the coach of Raja Casablanca, maintained the belief that his team was robbed off a clear penalty by the Cameroonian referee, Antoine Depadoux.
“Overall we got a good result but we were supposed to get a penalty. The referee was not focused,” he said.
African Stars will be travelling to Morocco during this week to play the second leg match against Raja Casablanca in Marrakech next weekend