New Era (Windhoek)

12 December 2012

Namibia: SKW Could Prove Headache for Civics

Fresh from their 1-all stalemate against title chasing FNB Orlando Pirates in last weekend's league action, Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) will be out to inflict more misery on struggling Civics when the two teams lock horns in a midweek MTC Premiership match at Windhoek's Independence Stadium tonight at 20h00.

Both teams are living dangerously in the bottom half of the log standings - just a point above the relegation zone on 9 points each accumulated from a possible 27 points and tonight's clash is a certain six-pointer between the cross-town rivals.

The Civilians welcome utility defender Franklin April, who missed last weekend's shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of league rookies Tura Magic. The veteran lanky defender got engaged to his longtime sweetheart Blanche Wimmert on Saturday, but could be back in action tonight to bolster the Civilians' shaky and porous defence.

With only two points separating the 7th placed team on the MTC Premiership League log standings from the relegation zone - the battle for survival is becoming intense going into the final two matches before conclusion of the first round.

On paper, Civics should have no business languishing in the bottom half of the 12-team league but inconsistency has proven to be their Achilles heel and until such time that flamboyant boss Helmuth Scharnowsky splashes his cheque book and reinforces the team's patchy playing personnel during the January transfer window - Civics could be among the candidates to drop down to the lower division come next season.

With one eye fixed on the relegation dog fight between basement residents Rundu Chiefs and Tura Magic this weekend - both teams cannot afford to slip and victory for either side in tonight's penultimate clash could go a long way in determining their residential status in topflight football next season.

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