13 Apr 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) A 10-man African Stars Football Club dropped two valuable points when they were held to a 1-1 draw by coastal side Eleven Arrows during the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) match played Friday evening at Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Stars started off brightly and their Comoros import Youssouf Ibroihim was the first to threaten in the 14th minute when he missed a simple tap-in from close range.
However, Arrows grew into the game as they also came close to opening their account through Anthony Kham.
But it was Stars who took a deserved lead when Zimbabwean import Crispen Mbewes shot was parred for a corner kick by Arrows goalkeeper Tinashe Dzambara.
From the resulting corner, national team fringe striker Panduleni Halleluja Nekundi converted with a flashing header to take his team to a 1-0 halftime score.
The second half was a different ball game as Arrows dominated the midfield and ball possession.
However, the first real chance of the second half came from Ibroihim whose shot was punched directly to teammate substitute Rodger Katjiteo.
The former national team strikers effort was also tipped over the bar for a corner kick.
In the 56th minute Arrows had a penalty appeal waved off by match officials as they pushed harder for an equaliser.
Two minutes later, Aprocius Petrus of Arrows missed the target with centimetres from a free kick at the edge of the box.
With the pressure mounting, Stars were dealt a severe blow when captain Dennis Ngueza Tjetjinda was shown a straight red card for dissent.
The red card saw the visitors push forward in numbers with the aim of salvaging a point and they were duly rewarded when substitute Patrick Naweb headed in the equaliser on the 94th minute to leave both teams tied at 1-1.
In the other match, Black Africa beat Blue Waters 3-0 to open a six-point gap at the top.
BA are now on 41 points, while African Stars are on 35 points from 17 matches played this far.
The NPL continues on Saturday with Young Brazilians welcoming Mighty Gunners in Karasburg while Julinho have a date with Civics in Rundu and Okahandja United seeing Orlando Pirates at Nau-aib Stadium.