18 Feb 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) Black Africa (BA) Football Club were held to a one-all draw by Young Chiefs FC, while Civics registered an important one-nil victory over Life Fighters at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
BA got off to a great start, scoring within the opening three minutes through striker Derl Goagoseb, following a flowing move involving Jerome Louis, Marco van Wyk and Dynamo Fredericks.
With BA seemingly in control, Chiefs regrouped and started troubling their opponents with their speed and Ruaan Kamsieb equalised 20 minutes later when Black Africa goalkeeper fumbled a long ball from Chiefs half.
The speedy Kamsieb was the first to react by heading the ball into an empty net, to leave his side tied at one-all at halftime.
Both teams created a number of chances between them and none was able to convert, with the match ending one all.
BA coach, Lucky Richter, felt his team should have utilised their first half chances, while singling out Chiefs goalkeeper for denying them several goal scoring opportunities.
Our objective remains the same. We want to narrow the gap between us and African Stars on the log and try and win the league this year. They did us a favour by drawing but obviously, we failed to take advantage, he said.
His opposite number, Fillemon Cascas Angula, expressed delight with the point they picked up as the team playing away from home.
It was our plan to defend deep, stop them from playing in the midfield and hit them on the counter with our speedy players and it work well. Our objective remains the same, we want to collect all the points we can possibly get our hands on, he added.
Meanwhile, Richter had to be escorted out of the stadium by the police after several Black Africa fans blocked the dressing room exit at the stadium demanding he resigns with immediate effect.
The fans are blaming the coach for the teams poor showing on Saturday, saying during mid-season beak, he released several experienced players who had helped BA win four consecutive titles.
In the other match played at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Sports Field, the home team, UNAM FC, played to a goalless draw with Tura Magic FC in a match where both coaches admitted that their players had performed poorly.
UNAM FC coach Ronnie Kanalelo said it was the worst game he had ever seen as players failed to perform basic football drills like controlling, positioning and passing the ball to their teammates.
James Britz of Tura Magic also felt that his team made basic tactical mistakes, saying based on the performance of both teams, the draw was a fair result.
The NPL Weekend results are as follows:
African Stars 0-0 Orlando Pirates
Tigers 4-2 Citizens FC
Blue Waters 1-3 Mighty Gunners
Eleven Arrows 2-0 Rundu Chiefs
UNAM FC 0-0 Tura Magic
Young African 2-0 Chief Santos
Black Africa 1-1 Young Chiefs
Civics 1-0 Life Fighters