21 Oct 2017 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) Namibia Premier League outfit African Stars beat their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates 3-1 in the opener of the 2017/18 MTC Premier League at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday.
The 2017/18 MTC Premiership kicked off with exciting football at a packed stadium after an absence of more than a year due to a lack of sponsorship.
Stars started the game like a house on fire, scoring their goal as early as the first 15 minutes through Panduleni Nenkundi.
The dominant Stars continued with their goal hunt and Marius Kotze left the Pirates keeper Iven Hoeseb stranded with a brilliant strike outside the 20 metre line for their second goal of the night.
The half-time score was 2-0 for African Stars.
In the second half, Pirates came out the more composed side and found the back of the net in the 55th minute when Marcello Haraseb scored his teams only goal of the night during a scramble in the goalkeepers box for the ball.
With Pirates scoring their consolation goal, Stars brilliant counter-attack in the 65th minute was enough to hand them their third goal of the night through substitute Philemon Nambele.
After the match, Pirates coach Woody Jacobs said he was happy with his teams performance despite them only having one week of training.
We wanted to start the league well but it was not our night. Stars were the better side but I am happy with the performance showed by my players today as we punched above our capacity, he said.
He added that Pirates supporters should not be discouraged by the loss as there are still 29 more games to play and his team will be a force to reckon with.
African Stars coach Bobby Samaria said the game was exciting and he was happy with the victory, but their attention now turns to their next clash on Sunday.
This was the first match of the league after a year without football and we gave it our all. I believe supporters enjoyed this game too, Samaria said.
African Stars will play Life Fighters on Sunday in Otjiwarongo, while Pirates will face Civics also on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Windhoek.
Saturdays fixtures are as follows:
Tura Magic vs University of Namibia, Sam Nujoma Stadium
Tigers vs Citizens, Sam Nujoma Stadium
Life Fighters vs Civics, Paresis Sports Stadium
Mighty Gunners vs Blue Waters, Paresis Sports Stadium
Rundu Chiefs vs Eleven Arrows, Rundu Sports Stadium
Chief Santos vs Young African, Oscar Norich Stadium
Young Chiefs vs Black Africa, Oshakati Independence Stadium