Black Africa end first leg with seven-point lead

10 Mar 2019 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League’s (NPL) most decorated football club, Black Africa (BA) have shown their intention of winning their 11th Premier League title after ending the first leg with a seven-point lead.
BA last won the MTC NPL title during the 2013/14 season.
On Saturday, during their last game of the first leg, the Katutura outfit ran rampage against Otjiwarongo-based Life Fighters. BA scored two goals in each half of the game to extend their lead at the top to seven points.
League defending champions African Stars, who are currently second on the log with 28 points from 14 matches, brought down BA’s lead at the top to four points Friday night with a 1-0 win against Mighty Gunners, but BA restored that lead on Saturday.
Speaking to the media after their 4-0 win against Life Fighters, Black Africa’s head coach Paulus Shipanga said he was happy to see his team collect three points.
“Having a seven point lead is a boost for me as a coach, as well as for the players. Stars are putting pressure on us but we will take it one game at a time when the second leg starts,” he said.
Shipanga plans to sign additional players during the transfer window as his squad needs strengthening in certain areas.
“Going into these games was really stressful because I had a lot of my first-choice players resting due to injuries, but those who replaced them stepped up to the plate. If we are to continue fighting for this title we have to boost our squad in certain areas during the transfer window,” he said.
The NPL transfer window is expected to open on Monday (11 March).
Other Premier League results on the weekend saw African Stars beat Mighty Gunners 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday to finish second on 28 points.
UNAM beat 2018/19 NPL league strugglers Orlando Pirates 2-0 at the UNAM stadium to move to seventh place on the log with 18 points, while in a game played in Okahandja Eleven Arrows moved to 10th on the log standing after beating Okahandja United 1-0 at home.
In Karasburg, relegation-threatened Young Brazilian managed to collected a point from their match against Tura Magic to level them on 12 points with Blue Waters despite remaining in 14th position, while Blue Waters are 13th on the log.
Their match against Tura Magic ended in a goalless draw.
In Rundu, Julinho Sporting held Tigers to a 1-1 draw to end the first leg ninth on the log, level on 18 points with Tigers, UNAM and Tura Magic.
Tigers are sixth on the log, UNAM seventh and Tura Magic eighth.
Okahandja United, who started the league with four consecutive draws, are now 11th on the log with 15 points, while Civics’ win against Citizens on Wednesday moved them to 12th position with 14 points.
Orlando Pirates are still bottom of the log with six points from 13 matches played thus far in the first leg. Their last match of the first leg will be played against Young Brazilian on 16 March in Karasburg.