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Mogane calls on NPL to take bold stance on unruly fans

by John Tuerijama


Orlando Pirates’ head coach, Rusten Mogane called on the Namibia Premier League (NPL) to take bold and serious steps in curbing unruly fans notorious for throwing beer cans into the fields during matches.
Mogane’s team lost one-nil to African Stars Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
The coach told The Villager Sport that the blame should squarely be on both the NPL and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for having allowed some teams to go unpunished for the same offence.
“They (NPL) should have punished other teams in the past, especially during the first leg of the current season. That is why others are now doing it. Though not justifiable, it was clearly a reaction on the decision taken by the referee that angered the crowd,” said the coach.
Orlando Pirates’ die-hard supporters threw beer cans inside the field during Saturday’s encounter after the referee awarded a corner kick to African Stars during the dying minutes of the match.    
The Stars’ goal-poacher, Muna Katupose headed the ball home as the winning decider for the ‘Samba Boys’.
The corner kick came after Ronald Kaitjijire had ballooned a free kick way above the Buccaneers’ goalpost but the referee (Reinhard Shikongo) surprisingly pointed to the corner flag.
The angered Pirates’ fans threw beer cans at the Stars’ players, as they were leaving the field and Shikongo, his two assistants as well as the match commissioner were trapped for about 20 minutes as the disgruntled supporters bayed for their blood before being finally escorted from the field by security guards.
“This is not good for the image of Namibian football as the situation can turn into a volatile one where spectators might pull out guns, throw whatever harmful objects and even cause a stampede just like what happened in Cairo (Egypt),” warned Mogane.
However, the head coach pointed out that Pirate had numerous chances to capitalise on but they clearly wasted them.
He  gave a thumbs-up to African Stars charges for the good sportsmanship spirit they have always shown during their matches even when the atmosphere was so tense.
Meanwhile, on Friday, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium runaway log leaders Black Africa played to a two-all draw against SKW while Ramblers hammered cross-town rivals Hotspurs by 4-0.
On Saturday at the Mokati stadium in Otjiwarongo Eleven Arrows trounced home-based United Stars by three-nil while Tigers and United Stars drew two-all in Rundu.