African Stars within reaching distance of the top

05 May 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) defending champions African Stars maintained the gap at the top when they won 1-0 against Orlando Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Ahead of their Katutura derby match against Pirates, the league defending champions were six points behind Black Africa who are currently top with 51 points from 23 games.
Stars, who had a game in hand, lost ground over the weekend when they lost 1-0 to Civics but on Saturday fought it out with Pirates, who had a better position in the whole of the first half.
With Pirates not finding the back of the net despite their dominant display, the first half ended goalless.
In the second half African Stars came out an improved side and caught the Pirates defence napping in the 54th minute as Chrispen Mbewe found the back of the net after toeing in the ball.
With Stars taking the lead, Pirates upped their game but still failed to find the back of the net. The defeat for Pirates means they remained bottom of the 15-team league on 19 points from 23 games.
African Stars are still six points behind Black Africa on the log standing, but have a game in hand. They are on 45 points, while Black Africa are on 51 points ahead of their Sunday fixtures.
African Stars will play Mighty Gunners in Otjiwarongo while Black Africa will take on Tura Magic at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Speaking to the media after the match, African Stars assistant coach Andrew Tjahikika said the games are no longer easy as they are playing teams that are fighting relegation.
“What’s important at the moment is to put pressure on the log leaders and that is us collecting points. We are not concerned with how Black Africa is playing because we have to do our job by picking up points before we play them later this month,” he said. Other results for Saturday saw Black Africa beating Mighty Gunners 1-0 in Otjiwarongo, Julinho Sporting beat Blue Waters 1-0 in Rundu, while in Karasburg Okahandja United managed to collect a point from home after the 2-2 draw against Young Brazilian.