Ba/stars Derby Ends In Goalless Draw

23 May 2013 06:37

WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) - The much-anticipated MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) clash between NPL giants Black Africa (BA) and African Stars (Stars) ended in a goalless draw here on Saturday evening.
The derby saw about 10 000 spectators pack the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura. Even Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob came out to watch the match and wished the players well before kick off.
Although the contest ended goalless, it nevertheless produced entertaining football and kept spectators on the edges of their seats and upright most of the time.
Stars dominated play in the first half, but a powerful shot by BA?s Muna Katupose hit the cross bar, much to the relief of Stars? players and fans.
Stars remained dominant and refused to give up, and their efforts almost paid off but a shot by their Freedom Puriza in the 28th minute just missed the target.
In the 35th minute of the match, BA again tried to take the lead through a free kick after Klaas Blom was brought down, but Katupose?s goal was ruled offside by the referee.
Stars? Maximillian Mbaeva saved his side numerous times with his excellent goalkeeping skills.
The second half saw BA return full force, but Stars kept their pace, resulting in a nil-nil scoreline.
BA are still leading the pack with 44 points, and Stars second with 43 points.
The winner will be crowned after next weekend?s matches, which see defending champions BA play Mighty Gunners in Otjiwarongo, while Stars will face Orlando Pirates in the capital.
In order to win, Stars need to beat Pirates and hope BA loses or draws against Mighty Gunners.
In other NPL Round 21 matches played over the weekend, Cymot SKW beat Civics 3-2 victory at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
The defeat sent Civics to the last place on the log and in full sight of relegation after Mighty Gunners and Rundu Chiefs both won their matches on Saturday.
Mighty Gunners defeated Eleven Arrows 1-0, while Rundu Chiefs defeated Tura Magic 3-1.
Ramblers and Blue Waters held each other to a one-all draw, while Tigers beat Pirates 2-1.