BA close in on title

15 May 2019 | Sports

Black Africa could clinch the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) title by overcoming their bitter rivals Orlando Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tomorrow at 19:00.

The traditional rivals face off in a match in which one team is fighting for survival and the other is looking to win the league.

Black Africa go into the match needing three points to secure the 2018/19 NPL trophy.

They have so far collected 58 points from 26 matches, while second-placed African Stars have 50 points from 25 matches.

If Black Africa grab three points against Pirates, it will mean they have 61 points, which will be beyond the reach of African Stars, even if they win their last matches.

Orlando Pirates, however, have plans of their own and are desperate to avoid relegation.

A defeat for the Buccaneers will all but end their survival hopes.

Pirates are at the bottom of log with 22 points from 25 matches.

A victory would bring them level with Civics who are just above the relegation zone with 25 points.

Black Africa coach said Paulus Shipanga said: “It will be great if we can win the match and win the league on Thursday.

“We do not expect it to be an easy match because we do know that Orlando Pirates are fighting for survival.

“The players are, however ready, and raring to play in this important match.”

A win for Black Africa would also rub salt in the wounds of their bitter rivals, who will need to win their last matches and hope that the teams above them lose, in order for them to avoid relegation.

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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