Potential last derby promises fireworks

14 May 2019 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – Black Africa (BA) Football Club and Orlando Pirates (OP) will clash in what could be the last Katutura derby on Thursday at Sam Nujoma Stadium in a potential MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) title decider.
BA currently lead the log standings on 58 points and require a single point from their last two league matches on Thursday against OP or Sunday against Citizens.
On the other hand, OP currently anchor the log standings with 22 points and need to collect all nine remaining points from their last three matches for them to entertain any ideas of avoiding relegation.
With the above permutations the two clubs’ technical teams have promised fireworks in their match, saying the derby will produce top quality entertainment.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, BA coach Paulus Shipanga said on derby days, form does not matter.
“We as BA do not see this as first against last, positions do not matter on derby days. It will be very exciting as we know that Pirates will come out guns blazing. We are happy to have a game of this magnitude which is also a potential decider of the league,” he said.
OP assistant coach Geoffrey Roman said they expect a tough match, where they expect their players to give more than 100 per cent effort.
“It has been proven all over the world, derby day is big. Players do not need any motivation for such matches. We are ready for Thursday, we have offered the players some incentives as motivation and our boys are ready for the match,” he said.
OP captain Cephas Awunor explained that his side started the season with a different set of players hence the difficulties in producing positive results, which was quite opposite of BA.
“They have had a consistent squad from the season beginning. We are also turning the corner as we are now creating chances and getting crucial points here and there. The derby offers us another opportunity to get three points from a possible nine on offer,” he said.
Donald Gaseb of BA said his club had come this far and they will not let it slip at the last moment and called on their fans to come in numbers to celebrate with them.