Da Costa shines for Free State
Namibian National team defender Da Costa Angula had a good showing over the weekend when his South African side Free State side took on Super Diski giants Orlando Pirates.
Angula who played a full 90 minutes pulled all stops to keep the pirates strike force at bay although they eventually managed to sneak one past Free State stars. The goal eventually sealed the fate for Fee State Stars who later lost the match on a 1- nil scorline.
The 27 year old Angula is on the South African clubs books on a two year engagement and is one of the very few Namibians who are seeing regular action in the Super Diski, itself a widely celebrated soccer league whose followers believe is the seventh most celebrated league in the world.
So impressive was his showing that he covered pretty much every blade of grass in the Free State defence line leaving Pirates strikers clueless on how to break his spirits.
Ironically Free State Stars also mentored by former Brave Warriors gaffer and Belgium national Tom Saintfeit.
According to Seintfeit his charges with relevant Namibian flavour were cheated off the match as they had a goal disallowed in the early hours of the match.
Saintfeit Angula’s coach for the sometime told Kick Off that “Football, Fifa, CAF, and Safa asked for fair play and I think both teams were quite in fair play, but we have to be with 25 people to play fair.” Adding that, “It is a team sport from all the people on the field. A player after 42 minutes gets a kick in his face and breaks his jaw, but we don’t see anything. There are four people looking at it and no one saw it. The guy is in the hospital with a broken jaw. And we don’t see anything.”
The Belgian-born coach also told Kick off that his side could have come away with at least a point had Henyekane’s effort been given.
“I got an SMS from my brother in London and he says that the ball was clearly behind the line - a goal for us and it should have been 1-1.
“We are not playing in a township, we are playing in a stadium for television cameras where people are paid for these jobs.
“So everyone on the pitch has to do his job, the ball was behind the line and it is a clear goal. I received messages from all over the world that it was clear goal.So we have a broken jaw and we don’t get a goal. I would like to see a match where I don’t have to change a player who gets a broken jaw after a kick to his face, and to see where a ball gets behind the line and it is given as a goal,” he said.