African Stars are Namibia’s premier league champs
Windhoek- African Stars have ended the four year dominance by arch rivals Black Africa after they were crowned champions of the Namibian Premier League for the 2014/15 season.
The Katutura glamour football outfit thrashed Rebels 4-0 to take their seasonal tally to 65 points after 29 games, and go seven points clear of second-placed four-time league winners Black Africa with one game to spare.
Needing only a point to ensure that they reclaim the title they last won four years ago, Stars showed no ill effects from a previous 2-1 defeat to Tigers and instead were in rampant form with returning talisman Bradley Wermann scoring a hat-trick while Zambian import Godwin Jenna also added his name to the score sheet.
On the balance of play, there was only ever going to be one outcome and that was a victory for Stars, who were hardly troubled by a demoralized Rebels side already staring a return to first division football.
Having bossed the match from the onset, Stars grabbed a deserved lead through Wermann when he bundled home from close range on 15 minutes.
The lively forward poached his second five minutes into the second half and rounded off his hat trick, from a free kick 20 meters from goal, when Rebels keeper failed to deal with his swerving effort. Jenna then rounded off the scoring with a low drive from close range as Stars captured the title in style. African Stars coach Woody Jacobs in his first NPL triumph attributed the conquest to hard work and perseverance adding that credit should be given to the players and management who made everything possible. “I told you before that we would be champions and we managed that,” an elated Jacobs was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Namibia Football association (NFA).
“Its hard work that paid off. Throughout the season we’ve been consistent. We’ve been winning games that people were not giving us a chance… telling us that our team is an old age home with so many experienced players that we have. But I think that was the key factor leading us to this title and I’m just elated and at a loss for words,” he said.
He also dedicated the trophy to business mogul Sidney Martin, who was recently reported in local media that the former chairman had severed ties with the club he bankrolled since 2008.
“I dedicate this trophy to Sydney Martin, our former chairperson who worked so hard into bringing me to the club. He also invested a lot of his money expecting nothing in return. I wish he is happy wherever he is finding himself right now, as he made sure the team was capable of competing and ending Black Africa’s four-season dominance in the NPL,” he was quoted as saying by Namibia Press Agency (Nampa).
“Winning the league with a team that people usually referred to as an ‘old-age home’ is really amazing because if you look at the age of these players, nobody gave them a chance to play as impressive as they just did because they are old, but they delivered what was expected of them. I am so happy for them and the team’s supporters,” he charged.
Stars will play their last game of the 2014/15 season next week on a date still to be confirmed by the NPL. Meanwhile, African Stars is yet to reveal whether they will follow Black Africa’s ill-fated campaign in the African Champions League last year.
Black Africa who took part in the continent’s premier club football competition for the first time since 2000, were defeated during the preliminaries 4-1 on aggregate by the South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs following 3-0 in the first leg in Johannesburg February 7, 2014 before putting a spirited display that ended 1-all in Windhoek a fortnight later. – Nampa