15 May 2019 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) Tigers Football Club defeated Julinho Sporting 3-0 in an MTC Namibia Premier League match played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The win was the first for Tigers under coach Ali Akan, following three loses again Young Brazilians, Orlando Pirates and Eleven Arrows in his first three games in charge.
Tigers wasted several opportunities through-out the match, with Mapenzi Muwanei, Anesu Gondo and Absalom Iimbondi being the chief culprits.
The three could have scored a total of five goals between them in the first half, but failed to convert the chances that came their way through selfishness or poor decision making.
Muwanei and Iimbondi each fluffed two glorious chances within the first 15 minutes of the game.
Tigers Knowledge Mutyoraringa nodded in his clubs first goal from a great free kick by Rehabeam Mbango in the 18th minute.
However Julinho tried to come back with Fransisco Almieda twice coming close, but the opposition held on to their 1-0 until halftime.
In the second half, Julinho upped their tempo and frustrated their opponents, but failed to trouble Tigers on the offensive end.
The home side punished them in in the 70th minute when Gondo tapped in from close range after Iimbondis hard and low cross was parried into his path by Julinhos goalkeeper.
Muwanei then made up for his wastefulness in front of goal when he slammed in a powerful shot from the edge of the box after Gondo had dribbled two defenders before putting through a pass for him to make it 3-0 in the 82nd minute.
The win sees Tigers move above Young Brazilians to 10th place on 29 points while Julinho remains on position eight with 34 points.
NPL action continues on Wednesday evening when University of Namibia plays African Stars in a match that could see Black Africa winning the league if the students draw or defeat the defending champions.
If Stars win on Wednesday evening, Black Africa could still seal the title with a draw or win over Orlando Pirates on Thursday evening.