Stars suffer season's first defeat

11 Dec 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA)- Namibia Premier League (NPL) log-leaders African Stars suffered their first defeat of the season when Orlando Pirates won by a solitary goal here on Wednesday evening.
Stars, who had been leading the NPL log with 26 points ahead of defending champions Black Africa, were beaten by Nicky Musambani’s winning goal six minutes into the second half of the game, played at the Independence Stadium.
It seemed not to be Stars’ day at all after their coach Woody Jacobs was sent off from the bench in the second half, while the team's goalkeeper coach Sparks Gottlieb was also sent off just before the match officials ended the game.
Chaos erupted when Stars' McBride Ndjavera was sent off for a foul, resulting in his teammates confronting the referee and pointing fingers at him, while Gottlieb also ran onto the pitch to confront the referee.
Security officials of the TIA Security company at the stadium had to run onto the pitch to protect the referee.
Stars’ team manager Lesley Kozonguizi also joined the fray on the pitch in an effort to calm the situation.
The situation, however, exploded again after the last whistle as fans - believed to be supporters of Stars - threw stones and cans at security guards, who retaliated with the same.
Speaking to members of the media after the match, Jacobs admitted that the result was disappointing, and that his team did not play well.
“We controlled much of the game, but just failed to convert our chances into something credible,” he noted.
Pirates’ stand-in coach Heribert Kapeng said they fought hard to win the game, and deserved it.
Kapeng said they are aiming for the first position now as they still have two more games before the league goes on recess.
Pirates will be playing away this weekend against United Stars on Saturday and Julinho Sporting on Sunday.
In another match on Wednesday evening, Black Africa and Citizens drew 2-2 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
African Stars are still leading the MTC Premiership log- standings with 26 points, with Pirates second on 23 and Black Africa dropping down to third position on 22 points.
This weekend's games will be the last fixtures to be played before the league stops briefly and resumes next year January.