Rebels relegated to First Division

30 Apr 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 APR (NAMPA) - Khomasdal-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Rebels Football Club (FC) was on Wednesday relegated to the Southern Stream First Division after their 2-0 loss to Tura Magic at the Independence Stadium.
All Rebels needed was a win to avoid the axe to the First Division for the 2015/16 season, but the match did not unfold that way.
Five minutes into the game, Tura Magic striker Theophilus Junias came close to opening the score but Rebels’ goalkeeper David Peterson in a one-on-one encounter saved his attempt to shoot the ball into the net.
Rebels were then handed a heavy blow in the 24th minute when Upengisa Ujaha of Tura Magic opened the scoring to take the game to 1-0 at half time.
In the second half, both teams fought for ball possession but Tura Magic was more dominant and managed to score their second goal through Itamunua Keimuine, who powerfully shot outside the box in the 52nd minute and gave the Rebels goalkeeper no chance to make a save.
The game ended 2-0 in favour of Tura Magic and Rebels will now return to the Southern Stream First Division for the 2015/16 season where they plied their trade during the 2013/14 season.
Speaking to Nampa after the game, Tura Magic coach Timo Tjongarero said he was happy with his team’s performance.
“Today the boys worked hard for the results despite the game starting off on a slow note. I am also happy that we have kept a clean sheet in the last six games we have played so far. That is something to be proud of when your defence goes six games without conceding a goal,” said Tjongarero.
He added that they are now looking forward to their Sunday game against Tigers, who are just four points behind them with a game in hand. Tura Magic is in third position with 53 points, while Tigers are fourth on the log standing with 49 points.
Tura Magic is now hopeful of retaining the third position on the log standing of the NPL, with only two games left to play.
Rebels coach Martin Bock was not around for comment after the game and attempts to obtain comment on Thursday proved futile.

The NPL fixtures for this weekend are as follows:

Friday, 01 May:

Sam Nujoma Stadium
15h00 Black Africa v Citizens

Saturday, 02 May:

Independence Stadium
17h00 Orlando Pirates v United Stars

UNAM Stadium
15h00 UNAM FC v Civics

Sam Nujoma Stadium
15h00 African Stars v Tigers

Kuisebmond Stadium
12h30 Blue Waters v Benfica
15h00 Eleven Arrows v Touch & Go

Mokati Stadium
15h00 Mighty Gunners v Julinho Sporting


Sunday, 03 May:

Independence Stadium
13h00 Orlando Pirates v Julinho Sporting
15h00 Black Africa v Civics

Sam Nujoma Stadium
13h00 African Stars v Rebels
15h00 Tura Magic v Tigers

UNAM Stadium
13h00 UNAM FC v Citizens

Kuisebmond Stadium
12h30 Eleven Arrows v Benfica
15h00 Blue Waters v Touch & Go

Mokati Stadium
13h00 Mighty Gunners v United Stars
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