Pirates the team to beat

While it may be too early for predictions, looking at the performance of teams so far in the transitional league, the club to beat is Woody Jacobs’ Orlando Pirates.

28 April 2021 | Sports

Limba Mupetami







WINDHOEK

One of the oldest clubs in Namibian league history, Orlando Pirates, just needed a little bit of regrouping and structure - and that is what Woody Jacobs brings to the table in the Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL).

Asked what the magic trick is, Jacobs said they are only trying to do their best.

He added that the two-year football break did a lot of damage to the players’ development and performance, but said it also brought forth their enthusiasm, drive and hunger to do well this time around.

Since the kick off, Pirates have yet to lose a clash and are at the top of Group 2 with nine points.

In the opening match on 4 April, they beat Citizens 3-0, and in their second match the following day, they trounced Young Brazilians 3-0. Last weekend, they beat Julinho 2-1.

“Woody should just continue like that and allow the players to thrive,” local football fan Paul Matheus said.

Pirates will meet Civics on 8 May at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and will clash with Blue Waters the following day at the same venue as two more rounds of action unfold.

Not far behind

Following Pirates at the top of Group 2 is Mighty Gunners with six points.

In their first match, Gunners lost 1-0 to Tura Magic. On 18 April, they beat Black Africa 2-1, while last weekend Eleven Arrows also got a taste of the same medicine as they were thrashed 3-0.

They will play Tigers on 8 May at the Jan Wilkens Stadium in Mariental and then Young African the next day at the same venue.

How to catch the action

The games in Windhoek are being broadcasted live by Namibia Media Holdings on the Namibian Sun Facebook page and will be cross-shared on the Sport Wrap page. Full results of all the matches can also be found on npfl.myna.

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