Advantage BA after Stars draw

14 May 2019 | Sports

African Stars have all but surrendered in their 2018/19 Namibia Premier League (NPL) title race against Black Africa (BA), after being held to a goalless draw by coastal outfit Blue Waters on Sunday afternoon at the Kuisebmond Stadium.

The draw, coupled with a 1-0 victory by Black Africa over Young Brazilians on the same day in Karasburg, means BA now only need a solitary point from their remaining two matches to claim the title.

Derl Goaseb netted for BA on Sunday and they could win the title on Thursday when they face traditional rivals Orlando Pirates at Windhoek's Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The log leaders currently have 58 points from 26 matches, while Stars have 50 points from 25 matches.

Stars also have an inferior goal difference of 17, compared to BA's 40.

Meanwhile, in other matches played on Sunday, relegation-threatened Orlando Pirates and Civics also dropped points at this crucial stage of the season, as they went down 0-1 to Julinho Sporting and Citizens, respectively.

Pirates remain anchored at the bottom of the log, with 22 points from 25 matches, while Civics are in 13th position with 25 points from 26 matches, two above 14th place Blue Waters, who have 23 points from 25 games.

At the coast, Eleven Arrows defeated Mighty Gunners 3-2 to end the army team's dreams of finishing third.

At Okahandja, the home side, Okahandja United, lost 0-1 to Life Fighters and remain dangerously just above the relegation zone in 12th position on 26 points.

The NPL action continues today as Tigers, who are currently 11th on the log, face a must-win tie against Julinho Sporting at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. Victory is critical if they are to avoid being drawn into the relegation battle.

Tomorrow fifth-placed Unam will face second-placed Stars at the same venue.

On Friday, Life Fighters will clash with Unam at the Mokati Stadium, before the league breaks for the Standard Bank Top 8 finals on Saturday.


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