New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: BA in Do or Die Clash With Stars

Windhoek — With a mere point separating them - this weekend's top of the table clash between reigning champions Black Africa and title-chasing African Stars promise to have the required ingredients for a real humdinger.

Obviously, there have been many local derbies but any match, be it a friendly or a cup final involving African Stars and Black Africa, would be doubtlessly categorized as the mother of all derbies in terms of domestic football.

The two Katutura giants confront each other in an MTC Premiership clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura tomorrow.

Fireworks are expected with the Namibian double champions out to bring an abrupt end to Stars' unbeaten streak after nine rounds of matches since the beginning of the current campaign.

The Reds are basking in the glory of their comprehensive 3-1 away win against mid-table Eleven Arrows and are confident to put one over their traditional rivals, but could find a defiant Black Africa side fresh from their mid-week draw against Tigers in their last league outing more than a week ago.

Rejuvenated striker Asprilla Wermann will come up against his former team-mates after the often controversial forward surprisingly left the BA nest to join forces with Stars at the beginning of the current term.

In lanky striker Kumbee Katjiteo, Brian Isaacs' charges have a potential match winner and the Reds rearguard will have to be alert if they are to stop the lethal goal-hungry beanpole striker.

It will be quite interesting to watch the midfield battle between tricky playmaker Awilo Stephanus and his Stars counterpart Ninja Karongee, who is likely to be given the unenviable task of marking the highly talented Black Africa playmaker.

Third-placed Ramblers travel to the coast to confront LHU Blue Waters at the 'House of Pain' - the Narraville Stadium in Walvis Bay tomorrow. The pick of the weekend's action is doubtlessly tonight's clash of the titans between old foes FNB Orlando Pirates and Tigers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

Fast improving Tura Magic are away to fellow newcomers Rundu Chiefs in what should be a certain three-pointer for Timo Tjongarero's young brigade against the bottom dwelling club.

Mighty Gunners entertain fellow stragglers Eleven Arrows in a relegation dogfight at the Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo to complete proceedings in round 10 of the MTC Premiership League.

Civics dusted themselves off following last weekend's shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of league rookies Tura Magic.

The Civilians massacred a hapless Cymot Sport Klub (SKW) 4-0 in a one-sided MTC Premiership League encounter in mid-week action.

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