NPL championship decision on hold till Tuesday

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions Black Africa Football Club (FC) have to wait until Tuesday next week to find out if they have won the championship again this season.

Black Africa (BA) drew against Tura Magic FC on Saturday in their last match of the 2013/14 Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) NPL, taking their tally up to 46 points.

The wait is due to African Stars, who are currently second on the log with 45 points after beating Blue Boys 3-0 on Saturday, having to conclude a match against Orlando Pirates which was abandoned in March this year after a power failure at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital with only eight minutes of play left on the clock.

Before the lights went out, Pirates were leading 2-0.

Stars thus have to score two goals within eight minutes to draw against Pirates.

A draw will put Stars level on points with BA, but Stars will have amassed a better goal difference to win the league.

Stars unsuccessfully appealed to replay the entire match, and not only eight minutes as per the Namibia Premier League rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, BA coach Bryan Isaacs told Nampa after the match against Tura Magic that it is demoralising for them not be crowned champions after finishing all their games.

“It is very sad that a decision was not made (about the abandoned match) before we played our last games of the league. We hope what we did in the league will be enough for us to be crowned champions again for the fourth time in a row,” he stated.

Other results for Saturday’s games:

Tigers 0-2 Rundu Chiefs

Orlando Pirates 1-1 Civics

Eleven Arrows 4-3 Blue Waters