YB beat Pirates, draw with Stars

KEETMANSHOOP: Karasburg-based Young Brazilians (YB) on Sunday beat Orlando Pirates, 2-1 during their 19th game of the Debmarine Namibia Premiership 2023/2024 campaign at Keetmanshoop.

Quinton van Staden scored YB Football Club’s first goal five minutes into the first half while Jonny Ortner scored Pirates’ goal in the 13th minute of the first half.

With four minutes to half time, the boys from Karasburg were reduced to 10 men after Olphin Ngxabi was sent off the pitch with a red card following a foul on a Pirate.

Both teams in the second half displayed high football skills and in the 90th minute, YB scored their second goal. The goal was scored by Pollen Rooi.

Meanwhile YB on Saturday drew 0-0 with African Stars.

Both games took place at Keetmanshoop’s Westdene Stadium. The boys from Karasburg showed much determination to stop the league defeating champions from conceding goals.

Coming into the game YB had to prove a point as they lost 10-0 in their last game against Stars.

In an interview with Nampa o
n Saturday after the game, YB head coach Galiel Pelwan unable to contain his joy said: ‘Yes we are happy, a team like Stars… to get a point one should be happy as normally you can get nothing.’

He added: ‘As a coach you do not need to motivate the players because it is a big team and a good team and that in itself motivates the players. Stars is a very good team, ahead of this game I told the boys that we need to suffocate them and not give them room to play because if one is not careful they will hurt you and that is what we did today and in the end, it worked for us, from here on we can work on it.’

African Stars coach Mervin Mbakera said: ‘First game from the break there are always difficulties because the muscle memory for the players is now starting to be activated. In terms of the game tempo, in terms of the speed of thought on the pitch, you can see that there were a lot of unforced errors, decision-making of the players was also not the best. These guys are human, they will pick it up, a point away,
yes we wanted three points, unfortunately, we did not get it but we marched on.’

Source: The Namibia Press Agency