Orlando Pirates moves up after beating Tigers 2-1

13 Apr 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) - Orlando Pirates Football Club (FC) scored twice in the second half to beat Tigers FC 2-1 in their premiership encounter at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Tigers FC opened the scoring in the second minute of the match through the boot of winger Protasho Kabwe. Orlando Pirates’ striker Luckson Kaisa scored his team's first goal, a close-range header from a corner kick in the 55th minute and his team mate midfielder Marcello Haraseb scored from a rebound in the 67th minute to seal the upset.
The victory ensured Orlando Pirates’ ascendance to third position in the Namibia Premier League log standings with 31 points and a game in hand, while leaders Black Africa FC have 35 points. Tigers are second in the league with 34 points and they are coming under serious pressure from Orlando Pirates.
Tigers FC now a mountain to climb if they are to realise their dream of winning the NPL title for the first time since its inception in 1987.
“Today’s (Saturday) defeat by Orlando Pirate is a setback, but the boys gave it their all, and from now onwards we need to only concentrate on our own games and not on what our opponents are doing” said Bobby Samaria, Tigers FC coach in an interview with Nampa after the match.
Orlando Pirate will next play fourth-placed African Stars FC on Wednesday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
After the game, Team coach Ali Akan said: “We gave Tigers an early lead because our players are sometimes not mentally strong in the opening minutes when playing other big teams.”
He stated that their game in hand against African Stars will take them right back into title contention, because a win will put them level on 34 points with Tigers FC.
“We respect African Stars and we will prepare very well going into this game on Wednesday night. But just like how I told the media before, we are still title contenders and we will need maximum points to level up with Tigers on Wednesday night,” explained Akan.
In other Round 17 Namibian Premier League results, on Friday night a single goal from African Stars’ Ferdinand Karongee gave Coach Woody Jacobs’ side a well-deserved win over Civics FC.
“The win is a fair reflection of the game. I told the boys to fight as we are now close to the top leading teams in the title race” said Jacobs.
He added that his team will take the same form to Wednesday night’s match against Orlando Pirates.
Civics coach, Christy Guruseb was not very pleased with the decisions made by the officials during the game.
“We are a free flowing football team and the match officials are killing us with their decision-making because all the decision that they make when we are playing against big teams are never in our favour. This is killing the game and plus these young players’ spirits,” said Guruseb.
On Saturday afternoon in the Rundu derby, Rundu Chiefs FC finally moved off from the bottom place which they have been occupying since the start of the 2013/2014 Premier League season with a 2-0 win over local rivals United Stars FC at the Rundu Sports Stadium.
In Walvis Bay, Tura Magic FC’s Interim coach Timo Tjongarero lost his first league match 2-1 against coastal side Blue Waters FC since taking over from Bertus Bock who resigned in February this year.