Ten-men Tigers beat Unam to go second on the log

WINDHOEK: Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Tigers Football Club (FC) beat Unam 1-0 to go second on the log at the conclusion of Round One of the 2014/15 season here on Sunday.

African Stars are leading the pack on 35 points after 15 games, with Tigers second despite being level on 25 points with defending champions Black Africa – a better goal difference puts Tigers second.

Tigers came out victorious even after their player Mbango Rehabeam was red-carded in the 22nd minute for bringing down Unam’s James Nailonga.

The first-half ended goalless at the Independence Stadium.

Tigers’ goal was scored through a penalty by Letu Shatimwene in the 72nd minute of the game.

In other games played at the same venue, coastal side Blue Waters beat Pirates 2-1, while Ronnie Kanalelo won his first game as Black Africa coach when they overcame Rebels 2-1.

Meanwhile, Africa Stars extended their lead on the top of the log to 35 points after a single goal from Johannes Seibeb in the 11th minute of the game against Civics at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Speaking to Nampa after the game, African Stars’ coach Woody Jacobs said his team faced tough games over the weekend, but he was happy to collect the six points the really needed.

“It is good to have two games ‘in our pocket’ this weekend, because we are now turning our attention to the Bidvest Cup with a team that we don’t know from Rundu, and after that we will then continue with Round 16 of the Premier League,” he said.

African Stars beat Citizens 1-0 on Saturday.

The game between Tura Magic and Citizens ended one-all at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

In Rundu, United Stars beat Otavi based Touch & Go to collect the maximum six points over the weekend after winning their Saturday match against Benfica 2-0, while Julinho Sporting beat Tsumeb-based Benfica 1-0 on Sunday after drawing 1-1 against Touch & Go on Saturday.

United Stars’ coach Shakes Malembu told this agency on Monday that his team is on track with their goal of remaining in the elite league.

“We set up a target of ending in the top eight on the log and credit should be given to the players for winning both our games over the weekend. We are now focusing our attention on the next round of the Premier League which will start after the Bidvest Cup,” he said.

The game between Mighty Gunners and Eleven Arrows in Otjiwarongo ended 2-2.

The league will resume with Round Two after the completion of Round of 32 of the Bidvest Namibia Cup, which will kick off on 31 January in Tsumeb and Windhoek.

SOURCE: NAMPA