29 Oct 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 OCT (NAMPA) Orlando Pirates Football Club recorded their first win of the 2017/18 Namibia Premier League (NPL) season when they beat Rundu Chiefs by three goals to one at the Sam Nujoma stadium on Saturday.
Goals by Ronaldo Tsowaseb at 52 minute, Christian Doeseb at 59 minutes and Riaan Hanamub at 69 minutes saw the Katutura outfit collect their first maximum points of the season following their three goals to one loss to African Stars on the opening day of the league on 20 October, which they followed up with a one all draw with Civics two days later.
Rundu Chiefs got their consolation goal from Veiko Sindimba at 79 minutes.
Pirates coach Woody Jacobs was full of praise for his team for its performance, saying they are getting better with each outing.
Physically we are improving with every match. Our decision-making is also getting better. We created chances but we must learn to convert them as there will be games where we will create fewer opportunities, he said.
Rundu Chiefs coach, John Sikerete blamed his teams loss on their failure to contain Christian.
We gave him too much space and time on the ball. I told the boys at half time to stop that number 10 (Christian) from playing, but they could not contain him. My two central defenders, one from Zambia and one from Zimbabwe were absent due to outstanding paper work, he said.
In an earlier match played at the same venue, University of Namibia Football Club (UNAM FC) beat Civics by two goals to one.
Jarurako Uahurirapi opened the scoring for UNAM in the seventh minute before Diego Descande equalised for Civics at the 38th minute, leaving the teams tied one all at halftime.
Uahurirapi then scored his second goal of the match and the winner for UNAM, coolly tapped in a pinpoint cross from the right on 55 minutes to secure the three points for his club.
Victorious coach Ronnie Kanalelo, while paying tribute to Civics after the match, said they gave a good account of themselves. He attributed his teams victory to their superior physical fitness.
Civics coach, Brain Isaacs was gracious in defeat, saying he still needs to sign on more players.
We played with an injured goal keeper. We lost concentration and conceded two silly goals. Otherwise we are work in progress as the team is young, he said, explaining the clubs need to sign new players.
MTC NPL round three results
Black Africa 1-3 Tura Magic
African Stars 1-0 Citizens
Young Chiefs 1-1 Eleven Arrows
Chief Santos 1-0 Blue Waters
Mighty Gunners 2-0 Life Fighters
Young African 0-1 Tigers
Civics 1-2 UNAM FC
Orlando Pirates 3-1 Rundu Chiefs