Orlando Pirates in unfamiliar territory: Kasilipile

15 Mar 2018 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) - Orlando Pirates currently find themselves in unfamiliar territory and will do all they can to avoid relegation, the football club’s chairperson, Niklaas Kasilipile, has said.
Pirates, one of the country’s football giants, is 13th on the Namibia Premier League (NPL) log of 16 teams with 25 points.
They are seven points away from the relegation spot currently held by Rundu Chiefs, who are 15th on the log with 18 points and Chief Santos who are bottom of the log on 16 points.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Kasilipile said the team has failed to capitalise on matches they were supposed to win and now find themselves in a position they should not be in.
“A big team like Orlando Pirates cannot afford to be relegated. At the moment we do not have relegation fears because we still have time to make those necessary changes to our game plans and I am confident we will get out of this position,” he said.
He added that the club has now brought in one of their oldest players, Eric Muinjo as head coach for their remaining seven league games.
He will be assisted by Ivan Namaseb who led the team since Woody Jacobs stepped down as their head coach earlier in the season.
The club chairperson called on Pirates supporters to go to the stadium in numbers and stand behind the players through this difficult time.
“The 12th man is always important, that is why we need all our supporters to rally behind the team, which will motivate the players to do well and possibly improve our position,” he said.
Pirates have won the Premier League title twice - in 1990 for the first time, when the league was still called the Namibia National Soccer League, and during the 2007/08 NPL season for the second time.
If Pirates are to be relegated this season, it will be the first time in their history since they started playing in the country’s highest division in 1985.
Kasilipile said they have long-term plans for the club, but these can only be implemented if the team remains in the league, hence their call for the supporters to play their part in helping the team achieve its goals.