09 May 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) Relegation threatened Orlando Pirates and Civics collected vital points on Wednesday night at the Sam Nujoma stadium as the relegation battle intensifies in the Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Pirates, who are currently bottom of the 15 team league log standing with 22 points, defeated Tigers 3-2, while Civics defeated UNAM 1-0 to move 11th on the log with 25 points.
On the night, Civics put up a disciplined defence as they maintained UNAM in the first and the second half. The Khomasdal-based outfit were rewarded for their hard work with the only goal of the match in the 75th minute.
In the match between Pirates and Tigers, the two Katutura clubs started the game at a slow pace but it was Tigers who opened the scoring with just 25 minutes on the clock through the boot of Mbango Rehabeam. Pirates then came from behind as their super striker on the night, Magnus Duncan, scored the equaliser in the 38th minute.
Pirates then took the lead for the first time in the match with just 10 minutes left before the half time break through the boot of their mercurial Duncan, to lead the match 2-1 at half-time.
In the second half, Tigers equalised through Jackson Johannes, but Pirates super striker on the night Duncan once more gave his team the lead in the 75th minute for a 3-2 score.
Despite the win, Pirates remain bottom of the log but levelled on 22 points with Blue Waters, who occupy position 14th and are only a point adrift of the safety of 13th place, currently occupied by Okahandja United.
Speaking to the media after the match Geoffrey Roman, Pirates assistance coach, said their goal is to put their heads together and continue collecting points.
Our goal still remains the same and that is collecting the points in our remaining games and hopefully end up in the top eight. We are now turning our attention to our match against Julinho and hopefully, if we pick up points from that match, the top eight will be in reach, he said.
The Katutura based outfit will face Julinho Sporting on Sunday, while Civics will take on Mighty Gunners on Friday night, with both matches scheduled to take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.