Blue Waters lose to Stars; survive relegation

06 May 2018 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAY (NAMPA) – Blue Waters Football Club survived relegation even after losing 0-3 to African Stars in their last Namibia Premier League match of the 2017/18 football season at the Sam Nujoma Stadium Sunday.
They remain in top flight football after Young Chiefs lost 2-1 to University of Namibia in Oshakati, a result that condemned them to relegation.
Citizens beat Chief Santos 2-1 in Tsumeb to survive the dreaded chop on the last day of the season.
The coastal team needed to match the result of Young Chiefs and Citizens to stay in the elite league.
Blue Waters failed to mount any serious challenge on African Stars, with Panduleni Nekundi scoring twice while Godwin Jena added the third goal in the first half to ensure a nervy ending to the match.
Blue Waters seemed to be overwhelmed by the occasion and the players failed to string passes together, often giving possession away unnecessarily.
In the second half, Stars turned the match into a training session, at times completing over 30 passes without their opponents touching the ball.
Stand-in coach for Blue Waters Fisher Kalimba admitted that his team disappointed on the day.
“We started the game on a negative note; the guys did not want to play for a win. They were struggling to do as instructed,” Kalimba said, adding that a lot of things went wrong with the team this year from management to players.
Without specifying what things, he stated that most players are not Blue Waters team material.
Kalimba said he was willing to carry on coaching the team, but that depended on the management.
Bobby Samaria, Stars coach, said he rested over half of his first team as a precaution for the Debmarine Cup quarterfinal match against Civics next week.
“Having lost to Eleven Arrows yesterday (Saturday), the boys knew they had to build the morale for the game against Civics. They also knew places in the team for the semifinals were at stake, hence they had to perform,” he said.
He paid tribute to their preseason preparations, the commitment from the players and management, and the support from the team’s followers as reasons why they did so well this season.

The results for the matches played on Sunday:
Young Chiefs 1 vs UNAM 2
Chiefs Santos 1 vs Citizens 2
Civics 1 vs Eleven Arrows 2
Young African 0 vs Mighty Gunners 0
African Stars 3 vs Blue Waters 0
Life Fighters 0 vs Tigers 4
Orlando Pirates 2 vs Tura Magic 1
Black Africa 7 vs Rundu Chiefs 1