BA beat Stars to close gap

21 Mar 2018 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – Black Africa (BA) Football Club beat African Stars 2-1 in a Namibia Premier League match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday.
Both teams started the game cautiously, with African Stars getting the first real chance of the match through Panduleni Nekundi who shot over the bar on 20 minutes.
The two teams played exciting attacking football, even though the heavy rain made it difficult for the players.
At the stroke of half-time, Calvin Spiegel came to his team’s rescue when he saved a point blank shot from Ambrosius Amseb to leave the score at 0-0 at half-time.
BA started the second half brightly with Wendell Rudath shooting over in the 56th minute.
Then came the defining moment of the game when Nekundi failed to beat Spiegel who parred the ball for a corner kick in the 76th minute.
BA then set off on a counter-attack, which resulted in them getting a corner of their own, and up rose Substitute Salomo Kamulilo, who had replaced hard running Derl Goagoseb 12 minutes earlier, to nod powerfully into the back of the net.
With the clock ticking down, African Stars threw caution to the wind and created several chances to score but found Spiegel, who put up a man of the match show, with his defence in an uncompromising mood.
With five minutes to go to full time, African Stars were awarded a free kick in BA’s half.
Up stepped Amseb and his swerving shot shaved the cross bar for a corner kick.
On the referee’s optional time, African Stars managed to get a cross into BA’s 18 yard box and an unmarked Amseb was denied an equaliser by the alert Spiegel.
The win sees BA move to 47 points, five behind African Stars with five games remaining for the 2017/2018 season.
They have also opened a five point gap between themselves and third-placed Young African.
NPL action will resume in a fortnight as the teams shift their focus to the Debmarine Namibia Cup last 32, and the International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) friendly match between Namibia and Lesotho at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on 27 March.