Stars, Pirates settle for goalless draw

16 Feb 2018 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 16 Feb (NAMPA) – African Stars Football Club (FC) and Orlando Pirates FC settled for a goalless draw in the first match of the second round of the 2017/2018 Namibia Premier League (NPL) played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday evening.
Both teams started the game lively, creating several half chances which their strikers failed to convert.
Pirates lost their recent signing from Stellenbosch, South Africa, Tederius Uiseb in the first 15 minutes of the game to an injury.
In the dying minutes of the half, their goalkeeper, Welcome Neil, miscued a pass to central defender, Innocent Tembo, whose attempted clearance bounced off Panduleni Nekundi’s shin and deflecting away for a throw in.
On the other hand Pirates' substitute striker Nicky Musambani saw his powerful shot saved by Ratanda Mbazuvara who recently moved to Stars from Black Africa.
Stars lost their regular goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua to Highlanders Park of the South African first division during the January transfer window following his outstanding performances at the 2018 African Nations Championships in Morocco.
The second half was a stop start affair with both teams committing silly fouls which saw match official Jackson Pavaza producing four yellow cards.
No real chance was produced by both teams as fatigue began to set in on both sets of players.
Bobby Samaria, Stars’ coach, bemoaned his side’s inability to finish off the half chances they created, saying it was two points lost for his side.
“Both teams missed half chances and both goalkeepers produced decent saves during the game. I am happy we did not lose the match, but sad we dropped two points. The long layoff affected the players,” he said.
Samaria’s counterpart, Ivan Namaseb, said lack of quality strikers in Namibia is a big problem.
“While I am happy with the overall performance of the team, I am sad we failed to convert the chances we created. Scoring is a big problem in this country. We will try and correct our mistakes in the next match so we can achieve our goals,” he said, referring to their next game against Civics FC on Tuesday.