The Namibian (Windhoek)

7 December 2012

Namibia: Stars Eye NPL Top Spot

AFRICAN Stars have a great chance to regain the lead in the Namibia Premier League when they take on Eleven Arrows at the Narraville Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

With Tigers holding log leaders Black Africa to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night, Stars are now just two points behind BA and a victory tomorrow will put them back on top of the log.

Stars’ coach Ali Akan said he was optimistic of a good result.

“We are motivated and I am optimistic that we can get a good result against Arrows,” he said.

“I have watched Arrows play this season, they are not a bad side, but we can beat them,” he added.

Stars will however have to improve their finishing which left much to be desired in their 1-0 victory against Mighty Gunners last weekend.

Stars dominated the match and created numerous scoring chances, but in the end they only converted one, although Meraai Swartbooi had another disallowed for offside.

“We created many chances and should have won by about five goals. We scored a goal from a freekick in the first half. The referee gave the goal but then the linesman disallowed the goal, I don’t know why,” Akan said.

“We have a very good team and we have a great chance this season but we have to capitalise on our chances,” he added.

Eleven Arrows on their home turf will however not be an easy proposition and their coach Gerald Guther said he was optimistic of a good result.

“I am positive, even though two of our top players are unavailable. Our top striker Edom Dominic has a thigh injury, while our captain Ferdinand Karongee misses the game after picking up four yellow cards” he said.

“But we have had some good training sessions this week and I think it will also be difficult for Stars, who will be playing their first match outside Windhoek,” he added.

Arrows got off to a hesitant start in the league but then won two consecutive matches, before losing 2-1 away to Tura Magic last weekend, and they are currently seventh on the log.

Tonight, unbeaten Orlando Pirates take on SKW at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in a match that could go either way. Third placed Pirates will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run, but SKW got an important away victory against Blue Waters last weekend which will boost their confidence.

Tomorrow evening there will be a double header at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, with fourth-placed Ramblers taking on bottom-of-the-log Rundu Chiefs at 17h00, while Civics take on Tura Magic at 19h00.

Tigers, meanwhile, did well to hold Black Africa to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

In an evenly balanced match, Roger Katjiteo gave BA an early lead when he intercepted a poor pass to beat Tigers keeper Fox Nambundunga from close range.

Tigers were however soon back on level terms when Pineas Jacob equalised with a great goal on 18 minutes. He received the ball in midfield, went on an electric run and exchanged quick passes with Eduardo Eiseb before slamming the ball home from inside the box. The result left Tigers in fifth spot on 14 points, six behind Black Africa.

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