Stars consolidate NPL lead

05 Mar 2018 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) – African Stars Football Club consolidated their lead atop the Namibia Premier League log with consecutive 2-0 wins over Rundu Chiefs and Mighty Gunners over the weekend at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The wins saw Stars collect maximum points to move to 47 points on the log, opening up a 10-point lead over Black Africa, who are in second position with a game in hand.
Stars started the game brightly, being the aggressors against a Gunners team that was still beaming from their 2-1 victory over Civics on Saturday.
Stars’ attacking approach paid dividends in the 29th minute when they scored from a corner through an own goal by Gunners' Olzen Ameb.
Their players continued missing chances, with Godwin Jena hitting the crossbar following good work on the flank by Panduleni Nekundi.
Ambrosious Amseb then shot over the goalposts from inside the box, while Nekundi shot straight at the keeper.
Edwin Korukuve then killed the game as a contest in the 44th minute when he completed a move that saw Ronald Ketjijere release Nekundi, who crossed for him to complete the scoring.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates lost 2-4 to Eleven Arrows at the same venue.
The match was rife with controversy, as experienced referee Jonas Shongedi awarded one penalty to Arrows but denied Pirates’ calls for two penalties from similar incidents.
Simon Nekongo, Willem Pinehas and Petrus Sakaria scored in the first 45 minutes before Pirates pulled two goals back through Terdius Uiseb and a cracking volley by substitute Donovan Swartz.
With Pirates pushing forward for an equaliser, captain Stanley Kameseipo misjudged a long clearance by Arrows and let Joseph Nghifindwako through to score the last goal of the game in the referee’s optional time.
Pirates’ Wentley Louis received a red card at the end of the match for dissent.
The results:
Young African 1-0 Citizens
Young Chiefs 2-2 Tura Magic
African Stars 2-0 Mighty Gunners
Orlando Pirates 2-4 Eleven Arrows
Life Fighter 1-0 Blue Waters
Chief Santos 0-2 Tigers
Civics 5-1 Rundu Chiefs