NPL title decider this Saturday

12 Jun 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - The winner of this season’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Namibia Premier League (NPL) will be crowned on Saturday.
Defending champions Black Africa Football Club (FC) are up against Tura Magic FC, and a victory or draw for Black Africa (BA) will make it four NPL titles in a row for the Katutura giants.
African Stars, however, also stand a good chance of winning the coveted title if they beat Blue Boys at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, and only if BA lose to Tura Magic, currently in sixth place.
BA have 45 points and Stars 42 points.
BA will indeed have a “mountain to climb” when they face Tura Magic, which have defeated them twice out of three matches this season - knocking them out of the Bidvest Namibia Cup in the quarter-final stage, and defeating them in the League Cup before this season started.
A win for Stars against Blue Boys will bring them level on points with BA, if the latter lose to Tura Magic. If this happens, the winner will be decided on the better goal difference. Currently, BA and Stars are level on goal difference at 18.
“Tura Magic always gives us a problem when we play them. We now call them our voodoo opponents, but this time around we need the results more than ever. So, our players will go all out with their scoring boots on to end the season on a high note,” said BA assistant coach Eric Quest during a media briefing here on Thursday.
Stars coach Woody Jacobs said their game against coastal side Blue Boys will be a tough one, as they (Blue Boys) are fighting relegation.
“Blue Boys will come to Windhoek to fight because they want to avoid being relegated, but my players are ready and focused for Saturday,” said Jacobs.
He added that their penalty shoot-out Bidvest Cup win against Citizens last Saturday did not derail the players’ attention of wanting to win the league this season.
Meanwhile, 21 June will see Mighty Gunners from Otjiwarongo, Benifica from Tsumeb, and Windhoek-based Rebels FC and the team which end 11th on the NPL log standing, play for the remaining two positions in the elite league.
The promotional play offs will take place in Tsumeb.
Later that same day, the NPL will host its annual awards’ at a hotel in Windhoek.
The NPL fixtures for Saturday:
Black Africa FC versus (vs) Tura Magic FC (Independence Stadium)
African Stars FC vs PC Blue Boys FC (Sam Nujoma Stadium)
Civics FC vs FNB Orlando Pirates FC (Ramblers Stadium)
Tigers FC vs Rundu Chiefs FC (SKW Stadium)
Eleven Arrows FC vs LHU Blue Waters FC (Walvis Bay)
All matches will commence at 15h00.