Brilliant Tigers sink Black Africa in Katutura derby

19 Oct 2015 09:30am


Tigers Football Club (FC) beat Black Africa 4-2 on Sunday afternoon to be top of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) table. The two teams went into the game level on 20 points each but a greater goal difference put Black Africa top of the log after eight games.

Tigers started as the hungrier team and opened the score line with a penalty just six minutes into the game after Black Africa defender Martin Kambunga handled the ball inside the box.

Absalom Iimbondi converted from the spot to give his side the lead. Black Africa tried all it could to get back into the game but brilliant saves from Tigers' goalkeeper, David Peterson kept them at bay.

In the 36th minute of the game, Tigers' midfielder Absalom Iimbondi, Benjamin Nenkavu and Gustaf Isaak combined well and passed to Mapenzi Muwanei who scored his side's second goal.

The half-time score was 2-0 in favour of Tigers. After the break, Tigers scored two more goals through Isaak and Muwanei. Black Africa?s goals came from Muna Katupose and Marco van Vyk.

The win put Tigers top of the log on 23 points, with Black Africa now second on 20 points. African Stars are still third on the log with 17 points after losing to Black Africa on Friday evening and then drawing against Flamingo on Sunday.

Speaking to Nampa after the game, Tigers? coach, Brian Isaacs said his team was the better side on the day and contained Black Africa defensively.

"Our plan worked out well today. We managed to contain Black Africa upfront, and we used our speedy winger to move forward and get us the goals, which worked very well. Today we showed that we were hungrier and wanted the three points more. I am also happy that the players are finally starting to believe in themselves and what they can do in the football field," said Isaacs.

Black Africa coach, Woody Jacobs said his plan did not work on the day but credit should be given to Tigers for the brilliant football they displayed.

"Mapenzi and Iimbondi killed our team today because they were so brilliant. I don' t want to blame any of my players for our defeat today, because the same players are the ones who on a good day will give you the needed results. I should just say that Tigers played better than us today and we will go back to the drawing board and look at how to improve on our mistakes in our next game," he said.

Other Round Nine results: |
Tura Magic 1-2 Julinho
Sporting Flamingo 0-0 African Stars
Mighty Gunners 2-1 Eleven Arrows
Young Chiefs 0-1 Orlando Pirates Rundu Chiefs 2-1 Civics
UNAM 2-0 United Stars
Citizens 0-3 Blue Waters