UNAM beats Pirates to move to third on the NPL log

07 Dec 2017 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM) Football Club beat Orlando Pirates by one goal to nil in a Namibia Premier League (NPL) encounter at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Deven Ole Somseb scored the only goal of the match in the 66th minute after a flowing move which involved Manchester United MacGyver and captain Heinrich Isaacks.
UNAM won a throw-in on the left side of their half, and Risto Makuti fed the ball to MacGyver. The defender-cum-midfielder made a piercing run into the heart of the Pirates’ midfield before passing to his captain.
Isaacks, a former Brave Warriors captain, then laid the ball onto the path of exciting winger Somseb, who unleashed a hard and low shot that found the back of the net for the ‘Clever Boys’ as UNAM is known to its supporters.
The goal was enough to send UNAM into third position on the log behind leaders, Tura Magic, and second-placed African Stars ahead of round 12 and 13 matches this coming weekend.
Pirates, who until that moment had been able to match their opponents, tried to find the equaliser but Nicky Musambani had a penalty shot waved off by the referee, while he also found the side netting following a clever flick on by substitute Theophilus Tsowaseb.
Stand-in Pirates coach Ivan Namaseb lamented the absence of seven first-team players through suspension and injuries, saying the result could have been different had all players been available.
“I am proud of the boys, they fought well. I had to gamble with the team we have. As you saw UNAM scored when captain Innocent Tembo was receiving treatment outside the pitch,” said.
Namaseb said they aim to finish between third and fifth position this season, and he felt they are on target to achieve that.
UNAM coach Ronny Kanalelo felt his team could have finished the game in the first half after missing several chances.
“Our execution and decision making let us down once again. We now have 22 points, we could be having 24 but we gave away two points to Citizens. I am comfortable with our third position right now,” he said.
Kanalelo said Muna Katupose and his twin brother, Tara, are still out with injuries, while Ndemwaadha Shivute also pulled a hamstring, leaving his team with limited resources upfront.
For their next NPL fixtures, UNAM will play Life Fighters on Sunday at the Mokati Stadium, while Pirates will face Citizens on Sunday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.