WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) ? Match officials during the Katutura derby between NPL defending champions Black Africa and African Stars on Saturday were the target of both sides? supporters who equally blamed them of biasness.
Almost 10 000 football fans attended the much-anticipated match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The match eventually ended in a goalless draw, but it was interrupted twice by unruly supporters of both teams who were not pleased with the match officials? decisions.
Black Africa supporters were first to throw beer and cooldrink cans onto the pitch during the second half in an apparent protest against one of the assistant referee?s 'biasness and unsatisfactory decisions?.
The situation was well controlled by both security officials and Black Africa officials who managed their fans to calm down.
According to a BA supporter who spoke on condition of anonymity, it seems the whole match was ?fixed? to prevent his team from winning the league.
?This is a pre-decided match, and all they want is for us to lose because they know we are champions. It is time that FIFA starts allocating match officials who are not Namibian, because this is not fair,? said the angry supporter.
He said it is well aware that at such a critical stage in the NPL, conspiracies are bound to occur in order to destroy the victorious team and prevent its way to glory.
A few minutes before the final whistle, Stars fans too vented their anger towards the referee by also throwing cans onto the field.
They claim the referee was siding with Black Africa, and it was apparently clear in all his decisions during the match.
According to Black Africa supporter Melvin Karukambe, the referee had been taking sides since the beginning of the match.
?First, we thought it was our players who are committing too many fouls and may be too physical against their opponents, but it later turned out that either the referee does not know about officiating or he was just not neutral,? he said.
Meanwhile, Black Africa coach Brian Isaacks condemned the manner in which both supporters of the two teams conducted themselves, saying it is unacceptable in Namibian football.
?Both teams misbehaved, and we do not need that at all,? said Isaacks.
Black Africa are still log leaders with 44 points, followed by African Stars with 43 points.