Civics and Pirates draw as Isaacs lambasts match official

22 Feb 2018 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – Civics Football Club (FC) and Orlando Pirates drew nil all in a Namibia Premier League (NPL) match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday.
The match produced several chances, but both teams failed to convert.
Riaan Hanamub was the first to threaten when he shot wide after being put through by Nicky Musambani.
Eric Sana Ochurub of Civics also shot straight at Welcome Neil, in goal for Orlando Pirates in the 26th minute.
The halftime score was nil all.
The second half did not produce any exciting play, with both teams cancelling each other in the middle of the park.
Chances became few and apart, with Hanamub missing probably the best chance of the game in the 90th minute when he dragged his right across the goal when he was face to face with Edward Maova, in goals for Civics.
However earlier in the game, in the 26th minute, there was a nasty incident that involved Donald Gaseb of Civics and Amos Iyambo of Orlando Pirates, which left Civics coach Brian Isaacs incensed.
Iyambo struck Gaseb in the face with his fist right in front of the Civics bench. Match official Kefas Kahona only issued a yellow card, instead of a red card for dangerous play.
The Civics bench protested the decision, but Kahona stood his ground.
After the game, Isaacs said the match official had failed his team.
“The low class referee spoiled a good game of football. I have never complained about referees before, but we cannot develop football with low class referees. I am happy with the way the team played, we wanted to win but we were unlucky not to finish the chances we created,” said the experienced coach.
He said his aim this season is to finish in the top eight.
Orlando Pirates coach Ivan Namaseb said he was disappointed with his team that also struggled to finish the chances they created.
“It is back to the drawing board, especially with the scoring of goals. We failed to press them high especially in the first half. It is two points lost for us,” the coach said.
Round 18 of the 2017/18 season kicks off on Friday with a match between Tigers and Young African.