Pressure will always be there but we will contain it: Shipanga

06 May 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAY (NAMPA) - Black Africa head coach Paulus Shipanga says the league pressure is intensifying day by day, but his team will do everything they can to pick up the much-needed points.
Shipanga told the media after his team’s 3-1 win over Tura Magic on Sunday all they need to be crowned champions for the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League season is three points every match day.
“I am trying to rotate my team a little bit to avoid fatigue and I am happy that they are giving me the results. At the moment we do not need to play attractive football as all that matters is grinding the three points from each game we play,” he said.
Shipanga added that their match against African Stars Thursday night will be the deciding factor for this year’s league winners.
“All that matters now is the three points from whoever we play and our match against African Stars will be the decider. On Thursday we will know if the title will go to the wire or the winner will be crowned with two games to go,” he said.
The coach stated that despite the mounting pressure with each game they play, he has been speaking to his players at all times to make them understand what is at stake if they do not grind the results from each match.
With 24 matches played, Black Africa thus far are six points ahead of African Stars on the log standing with 54 points, while African Stars are second with 48 points.
Tura Magic are third on the log standings with 41 points from 24 games, while Otjiwarongo-based Life Fighters are fourth on the log on 37 points from 23 matches.
UNAM FC lock up the top five positions with 35 points from 23 matches.