Stars beat Benfica to remain 10 points clear on top

22 Feb 2015 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibia Premier League (NPL) log leaders African Stars Football Club (FC) beat Benfica 2-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Stars now have 44 points, followed by defending champions Black Africa with 34 points.
Benfica were the better side throughout the first half, but their efforts were in vain.
The two sides both failed to capitalise on golden scoring opportunities, ending the first half goalless.
Upon their return for the second half, the pace of play chanced and more pressure emerged from both teams.
The first goal came in the 70 minute through Joslin Kamatuka, and Denis Tjetjinda scored about six minutes later to hand Stars the victory.
Speaking to members of the media after the match Benfica's assistant coach Lucas Victor said luck was not on their side to beat Stars as they had planned.
“We knew it would be a difficult game, and that is why we have been planning this game for two weeks to give them pressure,” he said.
Victor added that his team is still confident to avoid relegation at the end of the season, stating that they have already played the big teams so they can now collect more points from the games left.
On his side, Stars' coach Woody Jacobs said it was not an easy match, because Benfica gave their all throughout the game.
He stated that his players were “naive” in the first half, as they missed good opportunities that Benfica “gave” them.
“We still have a solid chance of winning the league, if we keep working hard and winning all our games,” said Jacobs.
Leading is fine, but if one is not careful it is easy to lose that position, he noted.
In other games played on Saturday, Tura Magic beat Touch and Go 3-0, while Black Africa beat United Stars 3-2.
Rebels lost to Eleven Arrows by 0-2, while Unam drew one-all with Julinho Sporting.
Tigers lost to Blue Waters by 1-2, while Mighty Gunners and Citizens held each other to a one-all draw.
On Friday, Orlando Pirates beat Civics by a solitary goal.