African Stars regain lead at the top of the log

01 Nov 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) – Katutura-based Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit, African Stars returned to the top of the Premier League log on Tuesday after their 3-2 win against UNAM.
Stars also won their three opening matches of the league against Orlando Pirates, Life Fighters and Citizens.
Ahead of their clash with UNAM at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, they were on nine points.
Log leaders Tura Magic had 10 points, but Stars had a match in hand and were second on the log.
UNAM also had a match in hand but were fourth on the log with seven points.
In one of the most exciting games since the start of the 2017/18 NPL season, the two teams created a number of scoring opportunities, but it was the Katutura giants who found the back of the net first though Panduleni Nenkundi.
UNAM equalised with 10 minutes to go before the half-time break with what could be described as the goal of the season from Pandeni Kandjabanga, who found the back of the net outside the 18 yard line, leaving Stars goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua in no man’s land.
Before the half time break, Stars almost took the lead again with a brilliant acrobatic kick by Edwin Korukuve, but outstanding goalkeeping by Charles Uirab kept his attempt out for a 1-1 half-time score line.
In the second half, Nenkundi netted his second goal of the game but brilliant play from the Clever Boys (as UNAM is known) midway through the second half got them an equaliser through Edmund Kambanda.
Despite all the efforts to find the back of the net, the Clever Boys’ attempts failed. With only five minutes to go in the game, Stars punished UNAM when Uirab made a goalkeeping error which saw Elvis Tjivasera finding the back of the net.
After 90 minutes of football, Stars became the first team in the NPL to win all four of their games, leaping to the top of the log on 12 points.