Newly- appointed Ramblers Football Club mentor Woody Jacobs is brimming with confidence ahead of a mouth-watering opener against suburban rivals Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) in the opening round of the MTC Premiership League on September 22.
The Tunschell Street Boys will make the short trip to Olympia to confront their old foes in what promises to be an enthralling affair at the SKW stadium, and will be determined to put one over their traditional rivals after the Germans emerged victorious from the corresponding fixture last term.
Rammies will be minus their most prized asset, fast galloping Brave Warriors fullback Larry Horaeb. The versatile youngster has been snapped up by newly promoted Pretoria outfit, Amatuks, in the South African Professional Soccer League (PSL) at the beginning of the current campaign.
"Our aim is to have a good start and the buck stops with our opening match against SKW," says Jacobs. Obviously, losing a player of Larry's calibre is always going to be a difficult task to overcome, but we have a number of other highly-gifted youngsters who have raised their hands and are willing to fight for starting berths, which is a very positive sign," adds the youthful mentor.
With a modest budget at his disposal, Jacobs is however not getting carried away yet and realistically believes the title race will always be contested by the Katutura big four - African Stars, Black Africa, Orlando Pirates and Tigers.
"The remaining eight teams will obviously compete among themselves, while the big four are sorting each other out - a scenario that will likely give us a good chance to finish in a good position on the log standings."
Jacobs has set himself a target, which is a top four finish with anything above that a bonus.
The club has embarked on an aggressive campaign of reinforcements, with former Black Africa and Eleven Arrows player, Donovan Swartz, topping the shopping list.
The pocket size winger is currently training with the Pionierspark outfit with a view to landing a new contract after an unsuccessful stint with the seasiders.
Rammies are also believed to be locked in advance talks with Stars, in a bid to lure the unorthodox bulky fullback Ricardo Tjiuoro to their nest on loan before the start of the new season.