Moetie Dismisses Black Africa’s Rivals

Black Africa executive member Cassius Moetie on Tuesday said rival clubs have no hope of winning the Namibia Premier League title.

In a media statement bordering on pomposity, Moetie claimed the Premiership title was predestined for Black Africa and doubters should look no further than their 3-0 defeat of closest challengers Tigers last Friday.

He also feels the media have it in for his side, which is chasing a record fourth consecutive league crown.

BA lead the championship race from Tigers and Orlando Pirates by five points, with African Stars, who face Ramblers in third place a further point behind.

“We want to reiterate that the NPL Championship is reserved for the Champions [BA]. Trying hard to unseat BA as champions of the NPL is a futile exercise and waste of scarce resources. We will win the NPL Premiership for five years in a row and we have no intention to deviate from this ambitious objective,” read Moetie’s statement.

The outspoken official added that despite their achievements, BA did not get the recognition they deserve.

“Even some of our sport reporters gave BA a raw deal in their reporting. It is clear that a section of the football community forgot that Black Africa are still the reigning and legitimate champions of Namibian football and this position will remain unchanged until we have won the NPL Premiership for five successive Football Seasons. The lack of respect for BA as Champions needs to be stopped swiftly, which is why we unleashed the g warning through the so-called title decider NPL Round 18 Match against Tigers.”

Moetie said Pirates should expect no mercy from his side when the two sides clash in Friday’s crunch Katutura Derby at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

“We are now aggressive and ruthless in the remaining four NPL matches against FNB Orlando Pirates, Blue Boys, African Stars and Tura Magic – these games will be formality NPL matches for BA and any of these four clubs wishing to stop BA as we aance to our fourth successive NPL Championship will enter the lion’s den of the Lively Lions on own risk and BA will not accept liability for the psychological and traumatic post-match consequences,” he said.

The Sam Nujoma Stadium gates will be open from 17h30 in a bid to avoid chaos before kick-off at 19h00.

Tickets are available at Compu-Ticket at ShopriteCheckers outlets, Soccer House and at BA’s office for N$50 per person.

THE PERMUTATIONS BEGIN

Still in with a mathematical chance of clinching the title, African Stars will go into Wednesday night’s match against Ramblers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium knowing that any dropped points would render their quest to land a first title in four years redundant.

Especially in light of the fact that they only have four matches and eight minutes – of their abandoned match against Pirates – left to salvage their title aspirations of what has been an incoherent season on and off the pitch.

While Stars crave the crown, Ramblers are fighting for a different cause altogether as they look to stave off the threat of relegation. They require only one point from their remaining four games to retain their premiership status.

Ramblers also have the added incentive of finishing in the top five should results go their way from here on in.

Elsewhere during Round 19, Tura Magic in fifth place, can all but relegate basement club Eleven Arrows if they win at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.

Arrows need to win all their remaining matches in order to ensure their survival.

Mid-table Blue Waters host United Stars in Walvis Bay.

Waters will be in high spirits after picking up a 2-0 away win against Rundu Chiefs, who are again at home to another mid-table side in Civics.

Second-placed Tigers will look to bounce back from their demoralising defeat to the champions by getting the best of relegation-threatened Blue Boys.

Victory for Tigers, coupled with a defeat or a draw for BA, would throw the title race wide open again, while Blue Boys will take a step closer to safety if they can pick up points on their home turf.

Source : The Namibian