ORRECTION – African Stars go to top of NPL log

ATTENTION – CORRECTION:- Final score was 2-1 and not 1-0 as stated in the original intro

WINDHOEK; Namibia Premier League (NPL) contender African Stars made their intentions of winning the 2013/14 Premier League title clear when they defeated Tigers Football Club (FC) 2-1 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday.

With a crowd of almost 500 supporters in attendance to watch another Katutura derby between African Stars and Tigers FC, Stars came to the game the more determined team, as they attacked during most of the first half but just could not break the deadlock in the first half of the game.

In the second half, African Stars’ Edwin Korokuve broke the deadlock when he volleyed in the opener from a Freedom Puriza cross in the 66th minute. It however did not take long for Tigers to equalise through Absalom Iimbondi, who tapped in Tigers’ equalising goal from a Benson Shilongo rebound in the 79th minute. Just when it looked like it was going to be a draw, African Stars Elvis Tjivasera scored the winning goal in the 89th minute to put his team at the top of the NPL log standing.

Tigers coach Bobby Samaria told reporters after the game that his side gave it their all, but a defensive mistake cost them three points.

“We came out with objective – to play well and get results, but a mistake cost us the game. I am however happy with my players’ performance even though luck was not on our side tonight,” said Samaria.

Also speaking after the match, African Stars coach Woody Jacobs said the game was difficult and his players had to dig deep to get the results that have now put them at the top of the Premier League table.

“This was no Woody Jacobs magic, it was team effort that got us the results because the boys were mentally prepared and playing very well coming to the end of the league season,” said Jacobs.

With two more games to play for Black Africa and African Stars, Jacobs said he still believes his side can win the league.

African Stars are currently level on 42 points with Black Africa, but are leading the log standing on a goal difference.

SOURCE: NAMPA