New Era (Windhoek)

23 January 2013

Namibia: Sizzling Katutura Derby Beckons

Windhoek — The upcoming and eagerly awaited Katutura derby between traditional rivals FNB Orlando Pirates and Black Africa could go a long way in determining the ultimate destination of the coveted MTC Premiership League title.

Still licking their wounds following last weekend's humiliating 4-1 drubbing at the hands of title-chasing African Stars, the Ghosts could not have asked for a better platform to redeem themselves than this do or die clash against their in-form nemesis.

The Ghosts entertain Brian Isaacs' fired-up charges at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the pick of round 12 action on Friday evening and despite having only lost once in 11 rounds of matches during the current term - another defeat could put excessive pressure on under-fire Pirates youthful mentor Christy Guruseb.

Pirates appeared completely out of their depth in their match against the rampant Reds and another such lackluster performance would be deemed inexcusable by already disgruntled Pirates followers.

A significant chunk of the Ghosts supporters showed their displeasure at the team's poor showing in no uncertain terms by angrily streaming out of the stadium en masse when Stars netted their 4th goal via the boot of former Pirates protégé Riaan Cloete - doubtlessly a bitter pill to have swallowed for the diehard fans.

The Ghosts are trailing their more illustrious opponents by four points going into this weekend's penultimate clash and an unlikely victory would put them within touching distance of the summit.

With Ali Akan's red hot brigade on fire, the habitually free scoring charges of Brian Isaacs cannot afford to drop points at this juncture, as a comprehensive win over their troubled rivals will see them leapfrog Stars into first place on the log standings, albeit for a mere 24 hours.

And while many predict a two-horse race for the coveted MTC Premiership League title between Stars and BA - football pundits believe rank outsiders Ramblers, perched just 3 points off the summit could spring a surprise and will have a bigger say as to who wins the title or better still, go all the way and claim their 2nd league title since independence in 1990.

The mere fact that the Tunschel Street Boys are not carrying any weight on their shoulders to claim the league title makes them extremely dangerous title contenders.

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