Black Africa attitude worries Brian IsaacsBy: SHEEFENI NIKODEMUS
BLACK Africa need an urgent attitude adjustment if they are to retain their league crown, according to the club’s technical director, Brian Isaacs.
Having romped undefeated to consecutive titles in the past two seasons, the defending Namibia Premier League champions have begun the current season poorly, picking up just a solitary point from their opening two games.
BA have looked anything but champions so far. A dour goalless draw against Orlando Pirates was followed by another poor display that ended in a 1-0 defeat to Ramblers.
Last month, BA also crashed out of the season-opening NPL League Cup at the first hurdle.
Isaacs believes that his side has become complacent after their back-to-back successes.
“We are giving 60 percent while other teams are giving 100 percent. We think we don’t need to play. We expect to just win and that other teams will let us win because of what we have achieved in the past,” said Isaacs, whose side has yet to find the back of the net.
“The players need to come out of this comfort zone very soon. We are now five points behind the league leaders and the sooner we start being competitive, the better for us.”
Sport Klub Windhoek will hope to get their campaign up and running against BA tonight after an equally slow start to the season.
After reaching the final of the League Cup, the form-book has thus far deserted SKW, who too have just a point to their name after two rounds of league action.
BA rank ninth on the log standings, with tonight’s opponents a position below in the 12-team division.
Tonight presents the opportunity for either side to propel themselves into the top half of the table. In fact the victors are guaranteed at least fifth spot until after the completion of the third round of matches at the weekend.
SKW had the second best defensive record in the NPL last season but have already shipped four goals in their two games so far and will be looking to plug their leaky rearguard against their off-colour opponents.
However, there’s no need to panic just yet, says coach Lucky Kakuva. “It’s only two games. You cannot have a solution in just two games,” Kakuva said. “The league has 22 games. It’s a marathon so there is still time to work on our problems.
“It may even be a blessing in disguise that we started slow and then we have a strong finish.”
In any case, BA are under more pressure to win tonight, Kakuva added. “We are not expected to win. There is no pressure on us. BA are under pressure,” he said.