Pirates' woes continue

17 Apr 2019 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 17 APR (NAMPA) – Orlando Pirates’ woes in the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) continued on Tuesday when they lost 2-1 to the University of Namibia (UNAM) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Both teams failed to create meaningful chances in the first half as they resorted to shooting from a distance, with the two goal minders having little to do.
The two teams created two half chances apiece in the first 20 minutes, with UNAM’s Tara Katupose and Elvis Patire heading and shooting wide respectively.
Denzel Narib and Jackson Eliakim also failed to test Charles Uirab, while the latter wasted another opportunity in the 36th minute.
Former Stars utility man Elvis Tjivasera also wasted a chance for Pirates after UNAM failed to clear a corner kick and the ball fell to the gangling defender, whose shot was off target in the 39th minute to leave both sides tied 0-0 at half-time.
The second half however saw Pirates launch several attacks which resulted in Eliakim’s shot deflecting for a corner kick.
From the resultant corner kick, Narib nodded past a stranded Uirab to make it 1-0 to Pirates in the 61st minute.
The lead however only lasted seven minutes as UNAM’s in form attacking midfielder Godwin Jena made it 1-1 through a well struck free kick, which however should not have been awarded by errant referee Gabriel Antonius.
Enzo Mungendje should have been sent off after elbowing Amos Iyambo in an off the ball incident, which was ignored by the match officials.
Pirates’ Eliakim and substitute Tangeni Shilongo continued wasting chances as they either took time to shoot or chose to pass instead of attempting to score.
They were made to pay as UNAM’s Tara Katupose’s flashing header found the back of the net in the 84th minute to seal a comeback for the students, whose points tally rises to 31.
Despite the win, UNAM still remains in the third place on the log, behind Black Africa and African Stars.
Pirates remain at the bottom of the log with 10 points, six points behind another relegation candidate, Blue Waters.
NPL action continues on Wednesday as Tura Magic faces African Stars at the same venue.