Windhoek — MTC Premiership League log leaders African Stars extended their slender lead when Ali Akan's fired-up charges demolished old nemesis FNB Orlando Pirates in a one-sided match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium under floodlights in Windhoek on Saturday.
The top of the table clash started at a frantic pace in the searing heat with Stars taking the game to their opponents from the outset. Stars deservedly took the lead after the ineffective Asprilla Wermann intercepted a careless pass to slot the ball past bemused Pirates shot-stopper Helmuth Maletzky.
The goal seemed to unnerve the players and the Reds put the result to bed when they were awarded a penalty after another indiscretion by the Ghosts rearguard, following a clumsy tackle on Wermann.
The referee rightfully pointed to the spot and Boetietjie Seibeb made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick to make it 2-0.
At the other end, Pirates could only pay infrequent visits to the Stars danger zone, and barely troubled the Reds net-minder Max "Slimkat" Mbaeva, while the Ghosts centre back pair of Brian Gurirab and Ivan Makina had their hands full in trying to contain the marauding Stars forwards.
Pirates introduced leading striker Ronaldo Tsowaseb at the resumption and the livewire goal poacher immediately announced his arrival with a well-taken left footed cracker into the roof of the net to reduce the deficit 2-1.
Substitute Rudi Louw restored Stars' 2-goal cushion with a sublime finish.
The pocket-size attacking midfielder unleashed a thunderous shot from outside the penalty area that left Maletzky catching flies.
Former Pirates playmaker Riaan Cloete put the final nail into the Ghosts coffin when he casually rolled the ball into an empty net after the Ghosts defence failed to clear their lines when the ball rebounded off the framework to give Stars an insurmountable lead. Final score African Stars 4-1 Pirates.
In the opening match, Black Africa kept their title hopes alive with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over a hapless Mighty Gunners. A goal apiece by Muna Katupose, Jerome Louis, Lovers Kamuhanga and Kumbee Katjiteo did the trick for the reigning champions. Across town, Ramblers leapt into the 3rd place on the MTC Premiership League log standings after thrashing Eleven Arrows 4-0 during a poorly attended match at Windhoek's Independence Stadium.
Lanky defender Emilio Martin netted twice from the penalty spot to hand the Tunschel Street Boys a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the changeover, before burly striker Gazza Kazeurua returned the compliment with a brace of his own in the 2nd half. However, the score line was not a true reflection of the proceedings that saw Arrows waste numerous gilt-edged goal-scoring opportunities.
Skillful youngster Henrico Hoebeb had the Rammies defence at sixes and sevens, whenever he was in possession of the ball - only to be let down by his wasteful teammates. Elsewhere, Brave Warriors mercurial midfielder Petrus "Dancing Shoes" Shitembi netted the only goal of the match in Rundu Chiefs' shock win against LHU Blue Waters in Walvis Bay.
Tigers and Civics shared the spoils in a 1-all stalemate on Friday evening after veteran midfielder Brian Brendell cancelled out Junior Gebhardt's first half strike. Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) dispatched league rookies Tura Magic 3-1 in the first of a double header at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday evening.