BA aim for maximum points as title race heats up

05 Feb 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – Black Africa Football Club coach Woody Jacobs is positive his team will do all they can to collect maximum points when they step onto the field of play over the weekend.
Black Africa (BA) are second on the log of the 2015/16 Namibia Premier League (NPL) season and is eight points behind log leaders Tigers, who are on 45 points after 19 games.
BA are on 37 points from 17 games.
Going into this weekend’s matches, BA will have an opportunity to close the gap when they travel to Oshakati to face Young Chiefs who are 13th on the log with 18 points on Saturday, and Rundu were they would play Rundu Chiefs who are 12th on the log with 20 points on Sunday.
In their previous encounter, BA defeated both teams in the first leg of the 2015/16 NPL season in Windhoek. They beat Rundu Chiefs by a single goal while Young Chiefs lost the game with a 3-1 defeat.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Jacobs said his team knows what is at stake ahead of their round 18 and 19 matches and he is hopeful his players will deliver on the day.
“We know what type of pressure we are currently in and if you look at the two teams that we will be playing this weekend, they are not a walk in the park. Rundu Chiefs collected four points in their last two games away from home, while Young Chiefs also managed to win a game away from home.
“This shows that the other teams have also improved their squads over the break and they mean business. It will be very difficult for us to collect the needed six points in their backyards, but if we are to keep the pressure on Tigers then we need to win our two games over the weekend,” he said.
Jacobs added that his players are all fit and he will be traveling with a bigger squad for their games in Oshakati and Rundu.
As it stands on the NPL log standings, Tigers and BA are fighting for the title, while Orlando Pirates also stands a chance of winning the title, as they are third with 30 points from 18 games.
Defending champions African Stars are fourth on 26 points from 18 games.
Blue Waters is the only team from outside of Windhoek making it in the top five with 25 points from 19 games.
The weekend’s fixtures are as follows:

Saturday:
UNAM Stadium
15h00 UNAM v Mighty Gunners
Sam Nujoma Stadium
15h00 Tura Magic v Citizens
Rundu Sport Stadium
15h00 Rundu Chiefs v Flamingos
Uukwangula Stadium
15h00 Young Chiefs v Black Africa

Sunday:
Rundu Sport Stadium
13h00 Rundu Chiefs v Black Africa
Uukwangula Stadium
13h00 Young Chiefs v Flamingos
UNAM Stadium
15h00 UNAM v Citizens
Sam Nujoma Stadium
15h00 Tura Magic v Mighty Gunners
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