Title race swings in BA's favour as Stars lose points

13 May 2019 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) – African Stars all but surrendered their title fight to Black Africa (BA) after they were held to a goalless draw by coastal outfit Blue Waters on Sunday afternoon in the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) at Kuisebmond Stadium.
The draw by Stars, coupled with a 1-0 victory by Black Africa (BA) over Young Brazilians on the same day in Karasburg, means the team now only needs a solitary point from their remaining two matches to claim the title.
BA scored the important goal through Derl Goaseb and could win the title on Thursday when they face traditional rivals Orlando Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
The log leaders currently have 58 points from 26 matches while Stars have 50 points from 25 matches.
Stars also have an inferior goal difference, 17, compared to 40 of BA.
Meanwhile, in other matches played on Sunday, relegation candidates Orlando Pirates and Civics also dropped points at the crucial stage of the season as they both went down 1-0 to Julinho Sporting and Citizens respectively.
Pirates remain anchored at the bottom of the log with 22 points from 25 matches, while Civics are on position 13 with 25 points from 26 matches, two above 14th place Blue Waters, who have 23 points from 25 games.
At the coast, Eleven Arrows defeated Mighty Gunners 3-2 to put paid the army team’s dreams of finishing third.
At Okahandja, the home side Okahandja United lost 1-0 to Life Fighters and remain hovering dangerously above the relegation zone on the 12th position on 26 points.
NPL action continues on Tuesday as Tigers, who are currently 11th on the log, face a must-win tie against Julinho Sporting at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, to avoid being drawn into the relegation battle.
On Wednesday, fifth-placed University of Namibia (Unam) will face second-placed Stars at the same venue.
On Friday, Life Fighters will clash with Unam at Mokati Stadium before the league breaks for the Standard Bank Top 8 Finals on Saturday.