The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Troubled Minnows Still Upbeat

NAMIBIA Premier League newcomers Tura Magic and Rundu Chiefs intend to use their weekend assignments to turn their dismal campaigns around.

Top-division football has not been kind to either club, following a torrid run of form that has left both languishing in the lower reaches of the log standings.

Magic, who take on Black Africa at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tonight, have fared slightly better and are third from bottom. They have three points, collected after an impressive 3-0 demolition of Tigers in early October.

However, that victory proved to be the only positive result in their five matches to date, leading management to turn to psychologists in a bid to remedy the situation.

“In the history of the club, we have not lost more than two games in a row. The players are not used to this. It has affected their mentality and the confidence may have dropped. We brought in some specialists for the past week to talk to the players,” said head coach Timo Tjongarero.

After tonight's duel with the reigning champions, Magic face another daunting task against league leaders African Stars next week. Tjongarero said that his team were unfazed by their rivals' credentials and will attempt to capture the maximum points on offer.

“We know BA are the league champions and are a tough side but we need to get a [positive] result,” Tjongarero said. “When you play teams like Stars and BA, you don't really need to get the players upbeat because they are already motivated for such games.

“We are hoping for good results and I want us to go in with a positive mentality.”

Bottom-of-the-log Chiefs have had an even more uninspiring beginning to life in the NPL. They've lost four matches and picked up a solitary point in the fifth.

Chiefs are at home at the Rundu Sport Stadium to Mighty Gunners tomorrow and they too hope that roundtable talks between the players and the club's executive committee this week will yield better results.

“We are still confident in our team. To say that we are down and out after just five matches is not the right attitude,” the club's public relations officer Thomas Shapi said.

“Everybody is not happy. It's not that we are substandard. We are at that level [of the rest of the division]. It's just some things we need to work out,” he added.

Also tomorrow, second-placed Ramblers meet African Stars in the standout fixture of the weekend. That match is scheduled for the Sam Nujoma Stadium and kicks off at 20h00.

The two sides are level on 13 points with a near identical record but are separated by Stars' superior goal difference.

The same venue will see seventh-placed Civics host Orlando Pirates, who are third, at 18h00.

SWK, in eight, play second-last Eleven Arrows at the Independence stadium.

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