BA and Tigers feature in first NPL game of 2015

WINDHOEK: Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions Black Africa Football Club (FC) and Tigers FC will lock horns when the league resumes at the cathedral of football in the capital on Wednesday.

The Sam Nujoma Stadium will host the first game of the year after the 2014 festive season break since 07 December 2014.

Before the break, Black Africa were fifth on the log table with 22 points from 13 games, while Tigers were ninth with 19 points.

Going into the match on Wednesday, the defending champions will be guided by new coach Ronnie Kanalelo. He replaced Brian Isaacs, who had won four consecutive premier league titles for Black Africa.

Isaacs and the rest of the technical team were let go during the December break, because the team was “under-performing” according to the club’s management.

Kanalelo told Nampa on Tuesday that his team prepared well for the resumption of the league.

“We changed a few things and at the moment I am happy with the team. We are now waiting to see if our hard work will pay off tomorrow night in the field,” he said.

Player Pineas Jacob, who was signed to Black Africa last year, might still be rested so he can recover properly, said Kanalelo.

Tigers too are prepared for their opponents.

“All the players came back from the holidays and I am very happy with the progress made at the training ground at the moment. In the first week, the players were a bit rusty but they are now where we want them to be ahead of the game tomorrow night,” said coach Bobby Samaria.

He told this agency that none of his players have any injuries, and they are mentally as well as physically prepared for the game.

The two sides drew one-all in Round 1 of the 2013/14 season, and in the second round Black Africa beat Tigers 3-0.