BA positive about challenging Stars for league title

29 Apr 2015 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) – Four-time Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions Black Africa are still hopeful of retaining the league title.
Black Africa (BA) are currently eight points away from current log leader African Stars, who need only three points from the remaining three NPL games to be crowned champions.
The last time any other Premier League team won the league trophy was four years ago during the 2009/10 season, when current log leader African Stars were crowned champions.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Black Africa coach Ronnie Kanalelo said his team will remain positive until the last game of the season.
“Just like what Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter did last week when they won the league after beating Polokwane City, he told his players not to celebrate until they have played their last game of the league… We will remain positive because anything can happen on the football field so we are still hopeful of retaining the league title,” said Kanalelo.
The coach added that his team has nobody to blame but themselves if they don't win the league this season.
“Our two games against African Stars and Blue Waters cost us the league title. If we just won those two games we could be talking a different story today,” he said.
Black Africa drew 0-0 with African Stars and in the game against coastal side Blue Waters they again dropped two more points after ending the game 1-1.
Despite BA being eight points away from winning the title, Kanalelo said he is happy with the way his team has performed since he took over in January.
“In the beginning it was a bit difficult to coach Black Africa because the players were not used to my style of play. Now all is well in the team and I am happy with our performance in the games as we have scored goals in almost each and every game we have played so far,” he echoed.
Black Africa will play Citizens at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 15h00 on Friday.