Citizens defeat is a wake-up call: Shipanga

03 Feb 2019 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – Black Africa head coach Paulus Shipanga said his team’s defeat against Citizens at the Sam Nujoma stadium on Friday night during round 13 of the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) is a wake-up call.
Black Africa were handed their first official defeat of the MTC NPL after going down 3-1 against a resilient Citizen FC.
The Katutura giants, who are currently top of the log on 23 points after 10 games, lost their first match of the season to Young African who were later expelled from the league, a situation that nullified their previous defeat.
Speaking to the media after the game, Shipanga said the game against citizens was one of those games where nothing worked for his team.
“My players were down and made a number of silly mistakes throughout the game, which is something that should not happen when you have experienced players who represent the national most of the time,” he described.
The coach stated that their win against arch rivals Orlando Pirate a week ago made his players think they were on top of the world and their game.
“Our defeat against Citizen is a well-deserved loss because whatever we did in this game will make us reflect and take it positively going forward. I hope my players will now understand that football can humble you if you think you’re superior,” said Shipanga.
He noted that the team will now go back to the drawing board and assess its plan of action, while expressing happiness with his team’s points on the log standing, despite the defeat.
The main focus now for the team, he continued, is the games it will play in Walvis Bay on Friday and Sunday.
“I hope we will have a full squad by the time we travel to Walvis Bay since most of our players are currently having small knocks, while some are injured,” stated Shipanga.
Black Africa will play Eleven Arrows on Friday at 21h00 while on Sunday, they will take on Blue Waters at 15h00.