CORRECTION: Tigers' title hopes dented

26 Apr 2014 12:40pm
ATTENTION – CORRECTION: Goals were scored by Black Africa’s Muna Katupose, Ananias Gebhardt and Erastus Mungandjima, and not only Katupose and Gebhardt as indicated in first version of the story. Please note changes in second and third paragraphs.

WINDHOEK, 26 APR (NAMPA) – Tigers FC coach Bobby Samaria is still hopeful that his team can challenge for the MTC Namibia Premiership title this season despite losing 3-0 to Black Africa at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Friday.
Tigers Football Club (FC) went into the game hopeful that a win against the defending champions will put them at the top of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) table, but second half goals from Black Africa’s Muna Katupose, Ananias Gebhardt and Erastus Mungandjima saw Tigers' dreams become extinct.
Katupose scored in the 59th minute, while Gebhardt scored in the 85th minute, and Mungandjima scored a stoppage time goal.
Tigers FC are still in second position on 34 points, but might be level on points with Orlando Pirates after Saturday’s matches.
Orlando Pirates are three points behind, sitting in third position with 31 points.
Samaria said after the game that Black Africa were the better team on the night because they executed their plan very well, but there is still four more games and 12 points to play for, adding that anything can happen in the game of football.
The result on Friday night edged defending champions Black Africa to a four-point lead on 38 points on the NPL log standing, and a step closer to lifting the trophy for the fourth time in a row next month.
Black Africa coach Brian Isaacs told reporters after the game that a win against Tigers showed his team’s intentions of wanting to return their trophy.
“The game that we drew 2-2 against Rundu Chiefs during the Easter weekend in Rundu gave us a wake-up call to start focusing on what is important, and that is retaining our title. Tonight’s win gives us a bit of fresh air, but puts pressure on the chasing pack to catch up with us,” he stated.
With four games now remaining in the NPL, coach Isaacs said his team still has tough opponents in the likes of their arch rival Orlando Pirates and African Stars, who can derail their plan of winning the title for the fourth time, as they are also hoping to have their hands on the silverware and the million dollar cheque.