Pirates and Stars match stopped mid-play due to lights blackout

WINDHOEK: The premier league match between Orlando Pirates Football Club (FC) and African Stars match was abandoned after a power blackout hit the whole Dolam area with only 10 minutes to go before the final whistle.

At that stage of the match, Orlando Pirates were leading African Stars 2-0 with both goals having been scored during the first half.

Orlando Pirates’ first goal came courtesy of a rocket-like shot from the left corner by striker Nicky Musambani in the 28th minutes.

Nine minutes later, Pirates’ defender Brian Gurirab’s scored from a free kick to bring the half-time score line to 2-0.

For the second half, African Starts came out strongly, but squandered a couple of great chances before the Pirates goal.

Suddenly and without warning, the floodlights at the Sam Nujoma stadium went off while Pirates’ medic were busy attending to goalkeeper Charles Uirab for an injury he sustained.

Speaking to Nampa at the end of the match, Pirates’ coach Ali Akan said they remain a great team, as he has said many times before.

“I have said it before that no team is better than Orlando Pirates and today we showed it,” he boasted.

About the floodlights and the consequences for the match, Akan said his side will respect whatever decision the Namibia Premier League management takes on this issue.

On his part, African Stars’ coach Woody Jacobs said he would be praying to be given a second chance to face Orlando Pirates in a rematch of last night’s match.

“To be fair, I must say that Pirates were the better said tonight. But I must also say that they were more goal-hungry than us. This is the first time that I ever saw the floodlights going off during a game. I don’t know what went wrong, but I’m hoping for a rematch,” said Jacobs.

The NPL management will decide whether to call for a rematch or ask the teams to play off the 10 minutes that were remaining.