BRADLEY Wermann scored a hat-trick as African Stars stormed back to the top of the Namibia Premier League table when they beat Eleven Arrows 3-1 in Walvis Bay on Saturday.
Stars immediately went on the attack and opened the scoring after only four minutes when Wermann headed in from a free-kick by Meraai Swartbooi.
Stars continued to pressurise Arrows’ defence and 10 minutes later it was 2-0 when Wermann volleyed in from close range from a cross by Freedom Puriza. Riaan Cloete and Edwin Korukuve both came close to scoring for Stars, but it was Arrows who opened their account on 35 minutes with a fine goal by Abed Namukwambi, who curled the ball in straight from a corner.
With Arrows a goal down at halftime, it was still anyone’s game, but Wermann put the issue beyond doubt when he completed his hat-trick midway through the second half, after latching onto a defence splitting pass by Riaan Cloete.
The victory puts Stars on 21 points from nine matches – one point above Black Africa, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Tigers last Wednesday.
Stars’ coach Ali Akan expressed satisfaction with their performance.
“I am really happy with our performance. It was the first time that we played away from Windhoek and maybe the grass here was a bit heavy, we are not used to that, but it was a good game,” he said.
Akan also congratulated Arrows on their performance.
“I was impressed with Eleven Arrows. They showed good passing skills and played good football and other teams will find it tough when they come to Walvis Bay. So I’d like to congratulate Eleven Arrows, they really tried but we were too strong for them.
Wermann has not been a regular starter for Stars this season, but Akan said he decided to give him a starting berth after he showed good form during training. Stars now play Black Africa this coming weekend in a top of the log clash and Akan said he was not worried about Black Africa.
“I’ve never worried about Black Africa, I’ve always worried more about the smaller teams. We know Black Africa very well and they know as as well, everybody knows each other. We will go out to play our game and we have to win this game,” he said.
At the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Ramblers beat Rundu Chiefs 2-0 through goals by Emilio Martin from the penalty spot and captain Amy Savihemba.
The victory puts them in third position on 18 points, while Rundu Chiefs remain bottom of the log with only one point from nine matches.
In Saturday’s late match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Tura Magic stunned Civics with a 1-0 victory. Junias Theophelus scored the winning goal to put Tura Magic up to seventh position on 10 points, while Civics drop down to ninth position on nine goals.
In Otjiwarongo Mighty Gunners drew 1-1 against Blue Waters. Blue Waters are now sixth on the log on 10 points while Gunners drop down to 11th on 8 points.