Tura Magic pleased with 2014/15 NPL season

WINDHOEK; Namibia Premier League (NPL) team Tura Magic Football Club (FC) are happy with the way they performed in the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Tura Magic was promoted to the NPL from the Southern Stream First Division during the 2012/13 season. The team is currently third on the log standing with 56 points and might end the season in second place.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Tura Magic FC coach Timo Tjongarero said the 2014/15 season was very intense but a good experience for their youthful players.

“I believe we could have been league champions this season if we did not throw away points in games that we were supposed to win. If you look at the games we played against Benfica, Rebels and UNAM, we were supposed to get the three points but we did not because the boys lost concentration and we did not pick up the maximum points that we wanted,” said Tjongarero.

With African Stars having already won the league this season with 65 points, Tura Magic are now hoping to leapfrog Black Africa (BA) and finish as league runner-up.

Black Africa is currently second on the log with 58 points. A win by Tura Magic and BA failing to collect points in their last game of the season against UNAM FC on Saturday, will however automatically relegate BA to third position, and Tura Magic will then walk away with N.dollars 600 000 rather than the third position’s N.dollars 300 000.

Tjongarero added that winning the second place prize will be a good thing but if they don’t, then he would be pleased that his players gained experience that they can take into the next season.

“Despite not having the financial muscle, our youthful structure really helped us, as the boys did their best in the 30 games they played because for the first time since we joined the NPL, we had 30 games in a season,” he said.

“As a coach I really enjoyed instructing the team because for the first time, I did so for the whole season without bringing in someone to assist or take over. This was really good because the players and myself now at least understand what is really needed for one to survive or end up in a high position on the log,” Tjongarero said.

The determined Tura Magic coach then noted that come their last match against African Stars at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, the team will do all they can to win, as it will serve as good motivation for the players to end the season with a win.

Other NPL fixtures for Saturday are as follows:

UNAM Stadium in Windhoek

UNAM vs Black Africa

Independence Stadium

Citizens vs Civics

SKW Stadium

Rebels vs Tigers

Rundu Sports Stadium

United Stars vs Julinho Sporting

Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb

Benfica vs Touch & Go

Kuisebmund Stadium in Walvis Bay

Eleven Arrows vs Blue Waters

Paresis Stadium in Otjiwarongo

Mighty Gunners vs Orlando Pirates