16 Jan 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) Orlando Pirates were held to a 1-1 draw by league newcomers Okahandja United in an MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) match played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday.
The Katutura-based side seemed to be heading for their second victory of the season after taking the lead in the 73rd minute through Victory Gaseb.
The left footed midfielder slotted the ball home after United failed to effectively clear a corner kick, leading to a goalmouth melee, from which Gaseb poked the ball into the net.
His goal came after a disappointing first half for both teams who produced unattractive football, especially the visitors who failed to put together decent passes.
Pirates, on the other hand, had enough possession, which they failed to convert into goals despite creating several chances in the half.
The second half was a different story as United showed much improvement, pinning Pirates in their own half in the first 15 minutes.
However, their hard work was undone by Gasebs goal.
Despite conceding a goal, United refused to throw in the towel, with substitute Gerland Kaengurora using his pace to cause all sorts of problems for Pirates.
The Okahandja-based outfit got their equaliser in the 89th minute when Lorenzo Majiedt had the easiest task of tapping the ball into the net after Donavan Gai-Nub failed to handle a harmless free kick.
Despite the draw, the two teams remain in the relegation zone on five points each after eight matches, with Pirates in position 15 and United in 14th position.
Civics continue to anchor the log on three points.
NPL action continues on Wednesday with the coastal derby between Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters at Kuisebmond Stadium.
Black Africa then plays against Tura Magic on Thursday at Sam Nujoma Stadium, before Tigers hosts Young African at the same venue.
On Saturday, Julinho Sporting will host Pirates in Rundu, with Mighty Gunners playing Eleven Arrows in Otjiwarongo.
In Windhoek, also on Saturday, Citizens will play Life Fighters before Civics play Young Brazilians.