23 Oct 2017 15:30pm
RUNDU, 23 OCT (NAMPA) Rundu Chiefs Football Club failed to capitalise on their home ground advantage against Blue Waters on Sunday in the 2017/18 Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Namibia Premier League.
The local team won their first match of the new season 3-2 against Eleven Arrows on Saturday but on Sunday failed to deliver against Blue Waters, who won 1-0. Both matches were played at the Rundu Sports Stadium.
In Saturdays game, Eleven Arrows won the first half with a goal from Joseph Nghisigwako.
Shortly after the second half started, the home team was awarded a penalty kick that was converted by Alfeus Ngwezi.
Despite Rundu-based outfit dominating play, the coastal outfit regained the lead through Festus Rivaldo but the locals fought back and equalised through a header by Erastus Paulus.
In the dying minutes of the game, Rundu Chiefs Captain Bernand Horaseb sealed the game with a well-crafted shot to give them the win.
On Sunday, Blue Waters Dominic Edom dribbled past the defense and beat the keeper to score the only goal of the match against the local team.
The home team also failed to capitalise on the advantage handed to them when Blue Waters and Brave Warriors striker, Hendrick Somaeb, was sent off in the 71st minute.
After the game, Rundu Chiefs Coach John Sikerete said he will go back to the drawing board and rectify some of the mistakes made and pick up from there going into the next fixture.
Sikerete said the decision to change the starting line-up from the game against Eleven Arrows, was in an effort give a chance to some of the new players he has brought in.
He was happy that they managed to pick up three points, and encouraged the fans not to lose hope but to keep on backing the team.
Blue Waters Coach Hawala Johannes said he was happy with the results, pocketing six points away from home.
I am happy with the results. Collecting six points away from home is not easy but I am happy that we have done it, said the coach.
Blue Waters also defeated Mighty Gunners 2-1 on Saturday.
The 2017/18 MTC Namibia Premier League kicked off on Friday after being inactive since May 2016 due to a lack of sponsorship.
MTC and First National Bank Namibia came on board as sponsors for the next three years.