BA beats Touch & Go to claim second spot

08 Feb 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA)- Namibia Premier League defending champions Black Africa thrashed Otavi-based Touch & Go 3-2 to claim second spot on the log standing behind African Stars.
The two teams locked horns at the University of Namibia’s football stadium in the capital on Saturday.
BA’s Roger Katjiteo made Touch & Go’s net bulge within nine minutes into the game.
Seven minutes later Touch & Go equalised when their Laurens Gurirab 'butchered' the ball into the net.
Quinton Khuruseb scored BA’s second goal four minutes after their counterparts to end the first half 2-1.
Shortly into the second half, Brian Bantam scored BA’s third goal.
Clear goal-scoring chances emerged for both teams, and Touch & Go’s Asser Haramseb utilised one to score his team’s second goal.
Speaking to members of the media shortly after the game, BA coach Ronnie Kanalelo said his team could have scored more goals if they used the chances they had.
He stated that his players kept the pressure well, but they needed to defend more.
“There was too much space in the central midfield and we just kept losing balls easily,” said Kanalelo.
On his side, Touch & Go coach Ruben Ruiter said his team made mistakes in the first half but came back in the second half with more changes.
“It was unfortunate that we could not score more goals to win the match, but we are confident that we will survive relegation,” he said.
Ruiter stated that they are working hard to improve their position on the log standing, as they are now 14th on the table with seven points.
In other games played at the same stadium on Saturday, the University’s ‘Clever Boys’ and Benfica drew one-all.
Unam led the game into the second half with a goal by Clarence Foroma in the eighth minute of the first half.
A penalty awarded to Benfica’s Nathan Gideon in the second half saw them equalise.
The university’s coach Maxello Wakudumo expressed dismay over the draw, saying his players had home-ground advantage and could have done more to win.
“We had all the chances in the world to score and bury the game but we failed to, so credit to Benfica who came prepared,” he said.
Benfica’s coach Bafana Subeb also expressed disappointment in their performance, saying his team hopes to win at least eight games out of the 16 remaining matches before the season ends.
“We are going to regard all our away-games as our home-games, and give our utmost performance to avoid relegation,” he said.
Benfica are 13th on the log with seven points.
In matches played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Civics lost to Eleven Arrows 1-2, while Blue Waters and Citizens drew two-all.