Tigers finally roar again

16 May 2019 | Sports

Tigers have ended their winless run in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) by beating Julinho Sporting 3-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The win was the first for Tigers under coach Ali Akan, following three losses again Young Brazilians, Orlando Pirates and Eleven Arrows in his first three games in charge.

Tigers wasted several opportunities throughout 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 because of 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 club's first goal after a great free-kick by Rehabeam Mbango in the 18th minute.

However, Julinho tried to come back with Fransisco Almeida coming close twice, but Tigers held on for a 1-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Julinho upped the tempo and frustrated their opponents, but failed to trouble Tigers on attack.

The home side punished them in in the 70th minute when Gondo tapped in from close range, after Iimbondi's hard and low cross was parried into his path by Julinho's goalkeeper.

In the 82nd minute 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 dribbled two defenders before putting through a pass for him.