16 Dec 2017 16:20pm
WNDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) Three impressive goals in the second half from Orlando Pirates were enough to collect the maximum three points when they beat Tigers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday night.
With rounds 14 and 15 of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) slated for this weekend, Tigers needed a win to keep their hopes of avoiding the bottom three on the log standing alive, before the end of the first leg of the NPL on Sunday.
Going into this fixture, NPL defending champions Tigers were 14th on the log of 16 teams with 11 points, while Pirates were eighth on the log with 15 points.
During the Friday encounter, Tigers found the back of the net as early as the third minute through Absalom Iimbondi.
The Shandumbala based outfit held on to the ball better throughout the first half to maintain their 1-0 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Pirates came out a better side and started bagging in goals from the 60th minute through Marcello Haraseb, whose long range shot found the back of the net after Tigers goalkeeper Immanuel Immanuel mistimed the ball.
Four minutes later, Donovan Swartz doubled the score line with a brilliant strike at the 24 metre line which Immanuel had no reply to.
Pirates put the final nail in Tigers coffin after brilliant combination play in the 70th minute found Nicky Musambani, who slotted in his teams last goal on the night.
Pirates defender Bruce Goseb found himself on the referees bad side as he was red carded in the 75th minute after tackling Hosea Nankambe.
With only four minutes left in the game, Iimbondi scored his brace for Tigers to cut down the score margin to a single goal with just a few minutes left, but Pirates who were a man down managed to defend their lead for a 3-2 win.
The win now puts them on sixth position with 18 points on the log while Tigers remained 14th on the log ahead of other teams fixtures on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking to the media after the game, Tigers coach Woody Jacobs said his teams morale is currently low, but he is hopeful they will find their feet by the NPL second leg in 2018.