23 November 2012

Namibia: Rammies and Ghosts to Defend Unbeaten Runs

Windhoek — With both teams coming off the back of a stunning streak after six rounds of matches in the first round of the MTC Premiership League, tomorrow's top of the table clash between Ramblers and FNB Orlando Pirates will go a long way in shaping the destination of their quest to clinch the much sought-after league title.

So far, the Tunchell Street Boys have proved to be a tough nut to crack and are the surprise quantity in the elite league - having gone six games without tasting defeat, while the Pionierspark-based outfit have conceded the least number of goals - only one goal against log leaders African Stars, to be precise.

What makes this encounter quite interesting is the fact that both mentors Woody Jacobs and Christy Guruseb had contrasting stints with the opposition and would be out to put one over their former employers.

Pirates' Christy Guruseb cut his teeth in the tough rigours of topflight football with Ramblers before he jumped ship to join Civics, where he spent one season before joining Pirates at the beginning of the current term.

Jacobs had a turbulent stint with the Ghosts before being ushered through the exit door following a string of poor results, only for the youthful mentor with the Midas Touch to resurface at Ramblers - and if recent results are anything to go by, the red hot Rammies go into the tie as favourites, while both teams are determined to bring each other's unbeaten run to an abrupt end.

The match will be the second of double-headers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura that will see reigning champions Black Africa entertain LHU Blue Waters in the curtain raiser (18h00).

In tomorrow's other action, winless Rundu Chiefs travelled down to the coast for a confrontation against fast-improving Eleven Arrows at the "House of Pain", the Narraville Stadium in Walvis Bay. Unpredictable Mighty Gunners are at home to Civics at the Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo.

In the only match on Sunday, league rookies Tura Magic face a wounded table-topping African Stars in a 6-pointer as both teams are in dire need of the maximum points at stake for different reasons.

A defeat for the league's new boys will in all likelihood consign them even further down into the relegation zone, while a comprehensive win for the Reds will keep Ali Akan's fired-up charges firmly in the driving seat.

Action gets underway tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium with perennial underachievers Tigers FC hosting Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) at 20h00. Unless otherwise stated, all matches start at 16h00.

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