Luck was not on our side: Akan

14 Dec 2013 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 DEC (NAMPA) – Black Africa beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital on Friday night.
Black Africa striker Willy Stephanus secured their victory with a goal just three minutes into the first half of the match.
Orlando Pirates coach Ali Akan said in an interview with Nampa after the match it is “bad” that their defeat means they have now lost their third place on the Namibia Premier league (NPL) log.
He said it was unfortunate that luck was not on their side, but gave his assurance to fans that his team will make up for the loss as Pirates still have a lot of matches in which to do so before the league ends.
The match kicked off at around 20h30.
Although Black Africa created quite a few chances for Pirates to score, defender Marvin Katire and Ananias Gebhardt made sure that Pirates did not take advantage of those chances.
Just before the end of the first half, Black Africa's Emilio Martin and Samuel Ramosoeu of Pirates clashed heads, and Ramosoeu was rushed to the hospital.
Martin returned to the pitch with a bandaged head.
When the players returned to the pitch for the second half, Martin was however replaced by Erastus Mudjanima.
Pirates took over the game in the second half with a lot of corner kicks being awarded to them, but they failed to utilise those opportunities.
Black Africa’s victory boosted their standings on the Namibia Premier League (NPL) and the team now boasts 17 points – joining Tigers Football Club (FC) at the top of the log.
Speaking to members of the media shortly after the derby game ended, Black Africa coach Brian Isaacs said it was “a great match”, saying his players gave Pirates a few chances in the first half, but after speaking to them during half-time, the players returned to the pitch and played “very well”.
“The match was a very crucial one but I just knew that there was no way Orlando Pirates was going to beat us,” he said.