Black Africa, Pirates register wins ahead of derby

09 Nov 2014 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 NOV (NAMPA) - Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfits Black Africa Football Club (FC) and Orlando Pirates FC won their Saturday matches ahead of their derby match on Sunday.
Round six of the NPL matches kicked off in Windhoek with defending champions Black Africa taking on Otjiwarongo-based Mighty Gunners at the Independence Stadium.
The game saw few scoring opportunities for both teams, going into the half-time break tied on a goalless score line.
In the second half ,Mighty Gunners came out the stronger side and created a number of scoring opportunities, but they were denied by Black Africa’s goalkeeper Abongile Grootboom.
The goalless deadlock was however broken in the 87th minute, after Mighty Gunners goalkeeper fumbled a ball which gave Black Africa's Willy Stephanus the only goal of the game.
As such, the NPL defending champions won the match with a score line of 1-0.
Speaking to the media after the match, Black Africa’s coach Brian Isaacs said they had a tough game against Mighty Gunners, although he had rested most of his players because of the derby on Sunday.
“I had most of the experienced players on the bench, but I decided to put them into the team during the second half because Mighty Gunners were looking very strong and could have collected the three points. I am happy we got the three points ahead of our derby match on Sunday against Orlando Pirates,” said Isaacs.
In the second game at the same venue on Saturday, Orlando Pirates handed Unam FC their second defeat of the season.
Isaak Gustav opened the scoring for Pirates in the 24th minute through an assist by Haraseb Marcello, but Unam FC equalised in the 37th minute after Januda Ngozu’s free-kick deflected from Pirates' player Makina Ivan.
Nicky Musambani doubled the score line for Pirates in the 38th minute to make it 2-1 at the half-time interval.
In the second half, Gustav Isaak extended Pirates lead with a 73rd minute goal to make it 3-1, but Unam FC got a penalty some six minutes later, to end the game 3-2 in favour of Orlando Pirates.
In other matches played on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Tigers thrashed Benfica 4-1 while Rebels and Touch & Go drew one-all.
Round seven of the NPL will kick off at 15h30 on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma and Independence Stadiums.