17 May 2019 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) Black Africa (BA) Football Club were crowned the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions following a 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Orlando Pirates (OP) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday evening.
The win by BA also saw them being handed the winners trophy by the league and sponsors MTC and First National Bank, along with a replica cheque of N.dollars 1 million.
The match, attended by close to 2000 spectators, provided great entertainment as both teams had different missions to achieve.
OP, who are facing relegation, needed nothing less than a win or at least a draw to keep their faint hopes of surviving alive, while BA only needed a draw to claim the coveted trophy, which they last won five years ago.
However, BA shattered OPs dreams when McCartney Nawaseb opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime. Further goals by Derl Goagoseb and Salomo Kamulilo sparked wild celebrations from the BA players, technical team and supporters.
While OP gave it their best, the difference in quality was obvious between the two sides with Wesley Katjiteo, Dynamo Fredricks and Donald Gaiseb pulling the strings in the midfield while Emilio Martin and Vitapi Ngaruka stood tall at the back.
For OP, their fate now remains in the final two games against Mighty Gunners on Sunday and Young Brazilians on 25 May, both in Windhoek, while other results of teams in the relegation zone like Civics, Blue Waters, Okahandja United and Tigers could also come into effect.
For BA, Paulus Shipanga becomes one of the youngest Namibian football coaches to win the NPL title, together with his assistants Alfeus Ndyenge and Arnold Seibeb.