Tigers Chase Limp Lions

BLACK Africa coach Brian Isaacs is looking for a swift response from his side to their draw at Rundu Chiefs when they play closest title rivals Tigers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 19h00 on Friday night.

Chiefs, who defeated BA earlier in the campaign, again interfered with the defending champions’ momentum when they held them to a 2-all draw in Rundu last Saturday.

Isaacs lamented the fact that his side failed to capitalise on their game in hand, which would have put daylight between themselves and tonight’s prowling opponents.

“Now there’s no more room for error or complacency. We have to fight in every game to make sure that we stay in front,” Isaacs told The Namibian Sport on Thursday.

“We discussed it [the Rundu result]. They [players] also admitted that they were not on top of their game.”

He admitted that Black Africa have been a shadow of the side that sprinted to three Premiership titles in as many years and that motivating the players was an ongoing struggle.

“In the other years we were on top of our game. We outplayed teams and won. Now we are not so convincing,” he said. “Luckily we have played badly but we have got results [in our favour].

“The other thing is that our opposition are determined when the play BA.

“But I think we became complacent. That’s why we are trying to rectify our approach to our games.”

NPL RESOLUTION

Third-placed Orlando Pirates will head into Saturday’s showdown against the much-improved United Stars at the Rundu Sport Stadium in a positive frame of mind after the league authorities announced that the Buccaneers will only play 10 minutes of their abandoned match against African Stars.

The match, which was abandoned due to a power outage with Pirates leading 2-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, is scheduled for resumption at 19h00 on 6 May at the same venue.

Stars, who are five points off the pace, are away to bottom-side Eleven Arrows, at the Kuisebmund Stadium (15h00) in Walvis Bay, in a match that could have a major impact on either side’s status come the end of the season.

Title-chasing Stars can ill-afford to drop any more points so close to the finish line as defeat will leave their hopes of reclaiming the title from BA hanging by a thread.

Arrows too know that a loss would effectively leave them with one foot in the Southern Stream First Division, especially with second-last Rundu Chiefs, who are at home to Blue Waters (12h30) high on confidence after holding leaders BA in their last outing.

Seventh plays eighth when Blue Waters visit Ramblers at the Ramblers Stadium in Saturday’s other match-up at 15h00.

Source : The Namibian