New Era (Windhoek)

14 November 2012

Namibia: The Lip Backs Rammies to Win League Title

Windhoek — One of Namibia's most decorated football coaches Gary 'The Lip' Sales is backing his former team Ramblers to go all the way and clinch the elusive MTC Premiership League title for the second time since Namibia's independence in 1990, come the end of the current term.

Sales steered the Pionierspark-based outfit to their first league title in independent Namibia in 1992. He says he can't see any reason why the fired-up Tunschel Street Boys should not repeat the same feat after spending 20 years in the wilderness. "From what I witnessed on Saturday, Ramblers have a much more balanced team than African Stars and technically better players as well, so I can't see why they should play second fiddle to anybody in the league this season.

"Ramblers have a fairly young talented squad and I must confess I was very impressed with their main striker Gazza Kazeurua (on loan from Stars). That boy is what has been the missing link in domestic football for many years - he is your typical old fashioned centre forward, very strong and holds the ball well while he possesses an incredible first touch, which is a rare quality in domestic football."

Sales also enjoyed successful stints with exciting Khomasdal-based Young Ones and Namibia's glamour football club African Stars and those who take his words for granted would be better advised to do so at their own peril.

Ramblers, Stars and FNB Orlando Pirates are the only unbeaten teams after six rounds of matches in the lucrative MTC Premiership League campaign.

Also, Ramblers are the only team to have beaten the reigning champions Black Africa during their six-match unbeaten streak so far.

With the NPL taking a breather this weekend, the next league assignment for Ramblers is a penultimate tie against the Ghosts that will see the Tunschel Street Boys face one of their sternest tests of character so far this season.

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