TIGERS send an early season warning to other premiership teams when they emerged as champions of the FNB Football Expo at the weekend.
With former Orlando Pirates coach Brian Isaacs at the helm, Tigers wasted little time as they dispatched the much fancied Black Africa 3-0 in their opening match on Saturday, before they went on to sink Eleven Arrows with a solitary goal in the final of the mini tournament played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Black Africa had to be satisfied with third spot, after they also fought their way to a 4-2 win in a penalty shoot-out after a gutsy Oshakati City side pushed them to the limit by securing a 3-all draw in normal playing time.
But it was a weekend for Tigers to marvel and to showcase their new signings who are still not officially unveiled.
Black Africa were in for a shock in the opening match when they found themselves on the back foot already in the opening minutes, before Tigers added two quick goals before the break.
The Tigers match preceded a dull affair on Saturday which saw Arrows walking away with a 2-0 win over City, in an encounter that could have seen them also scoring more goals on the first ever modern astro-turf in Namibia.
BA struggled to come back in the second half and were left for dead in the end, unlike Arrows which kept Tigers in check on the following day by keeping them to a 0-all stalemate until the break.
Tigers top striker, Tangeni Shipahu secured the win for his side after a quick pass from the infield to slot the ball past the oncoming Arrows goalkeeper Virgil Vries for the only goal of the match on the day.
Despite the win, Tigers showed the hunger for goals in both their matches and controlled the midfield with ease, while the defence showed consistency throughout.
Black Africa lacked the firepower upfront, while Arrows, also struggled to find their feet in various departments.
Black Africa also unleashed their new signing Marco van Wyk at the weekend who brought little to the table, while Arrows had Edward Asino, Bernard Mbilizi and Victor Helu, also making their entrants as new signings for the team.
MEDIA TEAM BEAT FNB
The National Media Team beat an FNB Invitational side 4-1 in an exhibition match on Sunday, with their prolific striker Daniel 'Maldini'Ashipala scoring a hat-trick to take the Man of the Match crown in the end.
The opposition were somewhat helped by the media men when John Ekongo scored an own goal.
Despite having the likes and trickery of Lucky Richter, Cucks Kunamwene, Bobby Samaria who repeatedly complained for being fouled and the energetic Johnny Doeseb, the FNB Invitational side struggled to find the net as the media team defence stood tall in many respects.
Media team captain Tommy Katamila turned into coach on the day, after he picked a groin injury a day ahead of the match, while several key members including Jimmy Julie, Peter Denk, Oupa Kauari, DJ Jossy Joss and Chester Uamunika, were missing from the line-up due to other commitments.
Goalkeeper Hesron Kapanga had an outstandinggg match in goal, while other team members including Jonathan Swartz, Confidence Musariri, who scored the fourth goal and Corry Ihuhua all contributed to the win.
FNB also fielded female players which included Yolande Kaumbi, whose one goal was ruled offside, while the likes of Bonny Konjore, Thiro Tlabanello, Bolle Hans and Fighter Louis also made their presence. FNB team coach Cassius Moetie was disappointed with the outcome and vowed to take revenge in the next encounter.
"I think the referee was a bit harsh on us, but we will take the loss. We will re-group and we will come back at you," said Moetie, who has since retired to the coaching bench.