13 Dec 2017 14:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 13 DEC (NAMPA) African Stars fine run in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) continued on Tuesday evening when they defeated Tigers by one goal to nil at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
In a physical match that saw a red card issued in injury time to Engelhard Kahua of Stars, the log leaders scored as early as the fifth minute through current top goal scorer, Panduleni Kaka Nekundi.
The in-form striker took his seasons goal tally to nine, while lifting his team four points clear of second-placed Tura Magic.
It was Tigers who started well, missing a great chance to open the scoreline in the first minute.
They continued to dominate Stars and had two penalty shots in the 36th and 43rd minute waved off by referee Ananias Kangandi.
Tigers dominance continued in the first half with Gustav Isaaks free kick in the 33rd minute finding Llewelyn Stanley, who headed the ball straight to Llyodt Kazapua, in goal for Stars.
The halftime score was one-nil in favour of Stars.
Stars coach Bobby Samaria then made a double change, bringing in Brave Warriors captain Ronald Ketjijere, who was celebrating his 30th birthday on the day, for the ineffective Marius Kotze, while Edwin Korukuve came in for Treasure Kaupurura.
The move stabilised Stars and try as they did, Tigers failed to find the elusive equaliser.
In the 78th minute, Ambrosius Amseb then prevented his teammate, Nekundi, from getting a brace by heading the ball wide instead of leaving it for the better positioned striker.
The result did not please Woody Jacobs, the Tigers mentor, who bemoaned poor refereeing.
There are players who should have been sent off in the first half from Stars today. I do not want to say anything about the match official, but he was poor; his decision making was very bad, said Jacobs.
He, however, congratulated his team for playing with passion and intensity, saying things look good for the future.
On his part, Samaria expressed happiness at collecting maximum points, saying had his team played the way they did in the first half, they could have lost to Tigers.
Tigers face Orlando Pirates on Friday at the same stadium in a match that will reunite Jacobs and his former team.
They will then play Life Fighters on Sunday at the same venue.
Stars travel to the coast, where they will face Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters on Saturday and Sunday at the Kuisebmund Stadium.