Orlando Pirates striker Isaskar Gurirab was the star of the weekend as he set the transitional Namibia Premier Football League NFPL on fire with five goals in two games to mark the opening weekend of the league.
Gurirab, who was the 20219 Golden Boot winner ensured that Pirates made a storming start to the new league, scoring a hat trick as Pirates beat Citizens 3-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
He added another two goals in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Young Brazilians, with Kleopas Useb getting the third to complete a n impressive start to the transitional season for the ‘Buccaneers’.
“I am grateful that we walked away victorious against a strong team. This is not the end. We will carry the same energy all the way through to the end,” said Pirates head coach Woody Jacobs yesterday.
Meanwhile, in the other matches, Julinho Sporting and Civics played to a 2-all draw with goals from Eric Naobeb and Manuel Fransisco, while Stanley Newman and Jovane Narib scored for Civics.
Johannes Nambuli scored the only goal and led Blue Waters to their first NPFL victory, a 1-0 win over Citizens in Group B in Windhoek.
In Mariental, in Group A, Young African lost 1-0 when Willem Pinehas scored for Arrows, while Black Africa went down 2-1 against Mighty Gunners. Gunners’ goals came from Pineas Nambandi and Asser Hara-ramseb while Given Mutuezu scored an won goal aginst an out of sorts BA side.
Tigers played out to a 1-1 draw against Tura Magic, with Betuel Muzeu scoring for the Magicians, while Hihaa Katjivena scored for Tigers.
Round three of matches in the NPFL will resume on 24 April as Group A travels Otjiwarongo to play at the Mokati Stadium, while Group B will contest at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
“Everything is running smoothly. So far, so good. The boys are showing they are hungry for action. We are happy that they can play again after such a long time,” NPFL director Mabos Vries said of the opening weekend’s action.
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By FARPost Reporter