Beleaguered African Stars striker Bradley 'Asprilla' Wermann netted an astonishing hat-trick as Ali Akan's unbeaten side throttled Eleven Arrows in their backyard to reclaim first spot on the MTC NPL log standings.
Going into the match two points adrift of reigning champions Black Africa - the Reds needed a win to capitalize on BA's slip after the Namibian champions were held to a 1-all stalemate in their midweek encounter against Tigers.
Stars duly obliged when the talented but often erratic Wermann, whose lackluster showing since arriving at the beginning of the current term has been the subject of speculation that he could be offloaded during the January transfer window period, silenced his critics with a well-taken hat-trick to give Stars a 3-1 win against struggling Arrows at the Narravile Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday. Michael Akwenye pulled back a consolation goal for the coastal outfit.
A goal apiece on either side of play by Marry-Boy Martin and Amy Shavihemba gifted Ramblers a 2-0 win over basement side Rundu Chiefs at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
FNB Orlando Pirates and SKW cancelled each other out (1-1) while Junias Theophelus netted his 3rd goal of the season to lift league rookies Tura Magic out of the relegation zone following a 1-0 win against Civics.
Mighty Gunners were also held to a 1-all stalemate by LHU Blue Waters at home to complete the weekend's line-up - with two matches left before the curtain closes on round one of proceedings in the MTC Premiership League.
A total of 13 goals were scored in the 9th round of matches in the country's topflight football league.