Blue Waters rejoice NPL improvement

WALVIS BAY: A 3-4 defeat by Eleven Arrows in the last game of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) did not stop coastal football team Blue Waters from celebrating their improvement in the league.

This match was played at the Kuisebmond Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Arrows’ Valto van Staden opened the scoreboard in the first half of the match, before Joseph Nghifinduako of Blue Waters equalised a few minutes later.

Just before the end of the first half, a tackle in the box by a Blue Waters’ player was punished with a yellow card and a subsequent penalty, which was successfully taken by Arrows’ Jaques Uwukhaeb, put his team in the lead again.

In the second half, Hendrik Ballack Somaeb scored two goals for Blue Waters, but Uwukhaeb returned with another goal before his teammate Jason Ekandjo delivered ‘the final nail in Blue Waters’ coffin’.

Arrows ended this season in 10th place, and the victory over Blue Waters saved them from relegation to a lower tier league.

After the game, Blue Waters held a celebration and awards’ ceremony for managing fifth position on the 2013/14 NPL log standing – an improvement from position number 10 last season.

All players, coaches, paramedics and ball boys were rewarded with certificates of achievement.

Somaeb, who is the Top Goal Scorer in the NPL this season with 18 goals, was also crowned his team’s Top Goal Scorer and Player of the Season – club titles he retained from last season.

Portash Kambwe from Tigers ended second with nine goals in the league.

Speaking at the event, the team’s technical committee chairperson, Robert Shimooshili congratulated the team for their outstanding performance this season, though they did not reach the top of the league.

Blue Waters’ chairperson Hafeni Ndemula could also not contain his excitement for the team’s performance, motivating the players to keep it up.

“We are determined to be on top of the league next season. I assure you we will either be at number one, two or three – not any lower than that,” he promised.

Ratonda Murangi-Katjivikua, the corporate relations manager at Langer Heinrich Uranium – Blue Waters’ main sponsor, said her company has been sponsoring the team for four years now and hope to continue doing so, should the finances allow.

She said the fact that they put money into the team is simply because they concentrate on youth development – the team employs 25 young players.

Meanwhile, Black Africa ended the season on top of the NPL log followed by African Stars in second place and Orlando Pirates in third place.

However, African Stars and Orlando Pirates still need to finalise a match which was abandoned in March this year as a result of a power failure. This match will be played on Tuesday for only eight minutes – the time left on the clock before the lights went out.