We are not throwing in the towel: Jacobs

22 Feb 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – It was disappointing to collect only two points over the weekend but they have not thrown in the towel in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) title race, Black Africa coach Woody Jacobs says.
Jacobs said this on Sunday after his team played to a goalless draw with Tura Magic at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. On Saturday they also drew 2-2 against UNAM.
Black Africa are currently nine points behind current NPL log leader Tigers, who are on 51 points from 21 NPL games played thus far, while Black Africa are on 42 points from the same amount of games.
Speaking to the media after his team’s clash against Tura Magic, Jacobs said the pressure is mounting on them and it is beginning to affect his players’ performance on the field of play.
“We played two strong teams over the weekend and collecting two points is a disappointing result, but we need to respect our opponents who also came to the games well prepared.
“I think the pressure is mounting on us and it is about time we stop putting this much pressure on the players so they can start enjoying the game. We are continuously telling them to win so we can reduce the deficit with Tigers, and that is really putting them under pressure. Credit should also be given to them for giving it their best every time they step onto the field,” said Jacobs.
He added that with nine games still left in the NPL a lot of things can happen and Black Africa can close the gap plus win the title possibly in the last games if the team’s fortunes change in the upcoming games.
“We still have 27 points to play for in the remaining nine games and the coming weekend will be very crucial for us because we are playing Tigers, the log leaders, and then Africa Stars, the current defending champions.
“If we are to still have hope of winning the league, we then need to start collecting maximum points starting next week and closing the gap with Tigers. I want my players to start enjoying themselves on the field and the results will come,” he reiterated.
Tigers are the only team in the NPL to have not lost one of the last 21 games they have played. The team drew six times and won 15 of their games. This coming weekend they will face another title contender Black Africa on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Another opponent that Black Africa will be playing over the weekend of 27 and 28 February will be NPL defending champions African Stars on Sunday. Stars are currently fourth on the log with 29 points from 20 games.