Tigers too strong for Black Africa

WINDHOEK: Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions Black Africa (BA) Football Club (FC) lost their first game of the year 2-0 against Tigers FC on Wednesday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Black Africa, who went into the game three points ahead of Tigers on the Premier League log standing, conceded the goal in the 22nd minute. Tigers’ Denver Meyer scored to make the half-time score 1-0.

In the second half, Tigers again came out the hungrier team, showing great ball control and distribution combinations and speed, which handed them their second goal.

Tigers’ new signing Angula Leeroy, who came in as a substitute in the second half, headed in a cross from Abraham Iimbondi in the 80th minute to hand the “Vambo location” team the win.

The win now moves Tigers to fifth spot on the log – a position previously occupied by BA. The two teams are now level on 22 points.

Speaking to the media after the game, BA coach Ronnie Kanalelo said his team made a lot of wrong decisions and it cost them the game.

“Today’s game was an eye-opener for the players and me. BA is not an aggressive team, while Tigers were more aggressive and forced us to make a lot of mistakes. I am confident the team will get better because we are still working on what style I would like the players to use,” said Kanalelo.

Tigers’ coach Bobby Samaria said he knew from the beginning that playing BA was going to be a tightly-contested game, but he was happy his side picked up the three points.

The next fixture on the NPL will see Rebels lock horns with Unam at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday evening. More games will be played on Saturday and Sunday in Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Rundu.