It was a tough season - Shipanga

17 May 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) – MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) championship winning coach, Paulus “Wire” Shipanga said the 2018/19 season was a great one for his side despite the many challenges they faced.

Speaking soon after clinching his first championship medal at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday, Shipanga said working with the fellow young technical team members; Arnold Seibeb and Alfeus Ndyenge a unity with the squad was created, which brought them success.

“Unity is very important in football. You cannot do it alone. As a technical team we brought unity to the team. The squad is young and if I can keep them together for a season or two, more great things are in place,” he said.

Summing up the whole season, Shipanga said it was stressful, adding that his motto of ‘all players are all equal’ helped him achieve the glory.

“Even the national players in the squad are equal to everyone. Remember I stripped Dynamo (Fredricks) the captaincy, he came back stronger. The guy who scored today Kamulilo (Salomo), I chased him away from the team for a couple matches, he also came back stronger,” Shipanga said.

He added that after watching African Stars against University of Namibia the previous day, he had hoped for a favourable result between the two teams to spark the celebrations.

He added that he was also happy that his side had done it in style by dispatching their bitter rivals Orlando Pirates with a 3-0 score line en route to winning the title.

The young coach stressed that ‘football humbles’ hence his philosophy of discipline and teamwork.

Shipanga added that he hopes to keep 90 percent of his squad and add one or two players to strengthen it before attempting to defend their title again next season.

He expressed happiness in winning the league title in the first attempt with the team and proving some BA supporters wrong who had initially rejected his appointment as head coach.

BA won the 2018/19 MTC NPL title on Thursday following their victory over Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, meaning they now have an unassailable 61 points over the nearest rivals Stars, who can now only manage 59 points by the end of the season.