10 Mar 2018 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - Black Africa Football Club sank their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Friday.
Their win reduces African Stars' lead at the top of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) log by four points.
Black Africa beat Pirates 3-0 during Round 22 of the NPL. The win for Black Africa means the title race is still alive with eight rounds left to play.
In one of the most exciting Katutura derbies in a long time, which was witnessed by just a handful of spectators, the two outfits came out with an attack-minded game, but it was Black Africa who had a better plan in the first half after having the better share of possession.
It took them 19 minutes to find the back of the net after Marco van Wyks brilliant play got McCartney Nawaseb to open the score line in the 19th minute.
The half-time score was 1-0.
In the second half, Black Africa came out even stronger, controlling most of the play. They were rewarded with a penalty in the 49th minute, with which Emilio Martin made no mistake.
Despite Black Africa having a two-goal lead, Pirates created a number of scoring chances, but Lady Luck just was not on their side.
With the game reaching injury time, Black Africa put the final nail in their arch-rivals coffin when Wendell Rudaths brilliant free kick left Pirates goalkeeper Welcome Nail stranded.
With this win, Black Africa are now in second position on 43 points, seven points clear of their closest rivals Young African, who are third on the log with 36 points.
They just four points behind log leader Africa Stars, who are on 47 points.
Tura Magic are fourth on the log with 35 points, while UNAM completes the top five positions with 31 points from 20 games played thus far.
Speaking to the media after the game, Black Africa coach Lucky Richter said the time to challenge for the title is now.
We are just four points away from African Stars. I hope by the end of the weekend we will be just one point away from them that is if they lose their weekend games in Tsumeb and Oshakati, he said.