Black Africa hammered cross-town rivals, Orlando Pirates 2-1 in a match played at a pulsating pace at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday to clinch the N$1m ultimate prize money for the second year running.
The lively Lions showed their unfocused competitors that it takes discipline and commitment to eventually become the country’s rightful champions.
It took the 63rd minute goal by Jerome Louis to silence the die-hard Orlando Pirates fans after a beautifully calculated move by midfielder Klaas Blom.
Though Pirates dominated most of the ball possessions in the middle of the park, it took the premiership’s top goal scorer to lay hands on the prize money and the trophy.
Pirates were the first to draw blood when Mervin Areseb scored in the 54th minute after a neat pass by striker Stanley Kamesiepo as the first stanza ended goalless.
However, BA drew level when Eslin Kamuhanga scored a cracker from a Willy Stephanus’ pass before Louis’ goals put the final nail in the Bucaneer’s coffin, giving the lively Lions bragging rights for the year in Namibia’s most fiercely contested derby after they won the first round by a solitary goal.
The 24-year-old Louis told The Villager Sport that it took hard work to focus on the ultimate prize money, complimented by the expertise of the technical team.
Louis, who is the current Premier League top net shooter could, however, not tell how much each individual player will get from the prize money.
The silent ‘assassin’ further said that he will forever be a BA player to ensure that the team lifts the premiership trophy next season too.
Black Africa was officially crowned Namibia’s Premier League winner with the blessing of NPL chairman, JJ Doeseb and MTC Human Capital Officer, Tim Ekandjo.
While how much each player will be compensated for their troubles remains a closely guarded secret, the technical committee of the champions that have not lost a single league match this season with four rounds of games remaining, are mum on the issue.
In other Premier League matches played over the weekend, SKW narrowly beat Eleven Arrows by a solitary goal while Blue Waters hammered visiting NDF soldiers outfit - Mighty Gunners - by 2-1 as Civics played to a 0-0 deadlock against Tigers.
Shockingly, the Rundu-based and relegation-bound United Stars defeated Ramblers by a solitary goal to keep hopes of staying in the Namibia Premier League alive.