Stars sink Tigers to keep title hopes alive

03 Feb 2019 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – A single goal from Gustav Isaak on Saturday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma stadium was all the defending Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions, African Stars needed to keep their hopes of retaining their title alive.

African Stars, who competed in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup last month, are currently playing a catch-up game as they find themselves mid-table on the NPL log standing with more games still to play.

On Saturday during round seven of their NPL fixtures against Tigers, the NPL defending champions took little time to find the back of the net.

Isaak scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute as he caught all the Tigers defender napping just metres away from the penalty spot.

The skilful midfielder made no mistakes as he unleashed one of his powerful shots with his weaker left foot to beat goalkeeper David Peterson, who had no chance of saving the ball.

Despite going a goal down, the Shandumbala-based Tigers gave it their all as they created enough scoring chances but none of them found the back of the net.

In the second half, Tigers continued were they left off in the first half, creating numerous scoring chances but lady luck was just not on their side.

With 10 minutes to go in the game, Tigers once more came close to equalising, but their goal-shy striker blasted the ball over the crossbar.

In the 84th minute, Tigers’ hunt for an equaliser intensified but there was no one to finish off the balls inside the box.

Stars had little to offer in the second half despite playing a very tactical game, where they controlled most of the possession.

After the match, Stars coach Bobby Samaria told the media that they are taking it one game at a time as all that matters now is collecting points.

“We have to starts winning all our remaining matches even though it’s not going to be easy,” he said.
“Since we started with our catch-up games, we have won two games and lost one but if we keep on winning, we will be top contenders for the title soon,” said Samaria.

Tigers coach Marvin Mbakera said he was happy with his team’s performance on the day despite not collecting the much-needed three points.

“We did all we could but luck was not on our side. From all the chances that we created today we could have scored a goal but when it’s not your day then there is nothing you can do. I am happy to see that the players gave it their all and we [are] now looking forward to our other fixtures,” said Mbakera.