BA, Tigers in drab draw

29 Nov 2018 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – Black Africa (BA) and Tigers played out a drab 0-0 goalless draw in the third round of the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday.
BA were looking for a win that would have seen them draw level on points with current pacesetters Mighty Gunners, while for Tigers, a win would have seen them move up to third place on the log.
The two teams failed to produce any meaningful chances in the first half as both teams only resorted to long range shots and set pieces in an attempt to break the deadlock.
The match was tied 0-0 at half-time and BA had a penalty shout waved away by the match official Ananias Kangandi after Ferdinard Karongee appeared to have tripled skilful Wendell Rudath.
Tigers substitute striker Mapenzi Muwanei missed two golden opportunities in the space of three minutes as Tigers piled on the pressure in a bid to secure the three valuable points.
Emilio Martin had his shot pared to the onrushing Riuoua Kamuteuzu, whose shot at goal was cleared offline by Karongee.
That signalled the end of any fruitful attacks by both teams as the match ended 0-0.
With the points shared, Tigers are now level with African Stars on three points while BA remain second with seven points.
BA coach Paulus Shipanga said his team is still a work in progress and he is happy that his side is improving on fitness.
“We missed several chances, we could have won the match but our strikers were not sharp. I am however happy that we are creating chances,” he said.
His opposite number Mervin Mbakera also lamented the lack of finishing touches by his side, saying coaches need help to perfect their technique in the final third of the pitch.
In their next matches, BA play Civics on Saturday while Tigers travel to the coast to play Blue Waters FC.