New Era (Windhoek)

25 January 2013

Namibia/South Africa: Lively Lions Take On Wary Pirates

Windhoek — If the available statistics are anything to go by, then Ramblers should be the bookies' favourites to collect the maximum points at stake when they entertain arch-rivals Cymot Sport Klub (SKW) in one of two MTC Premiership League derbies this coming weekend.

Perched in 3rd place on the log standings - just 3 points off the summit, the Pionierspark-based outfit will approach their penultimate clash against the unpredictable Germans with great caution as they look to close the gap on log leaders African Stars.

With the Reds having a relatively easy and winnable match against basement dwellers Rundu Chiefs at the Rundu Sports Stadium tomorrow, the Tunschell Street Boys cannot afford to slip up against their old nemesis and tomorrow's eagerly awaited clash promises to be a real humdinger - all else being equal.

In their last 16 matches, Rammies had the upper hand - winning 8 and losing 4, while the other 4 matches ended in stalemates. In a first round outing between the two rivals, Woody Jacobs' much-improved young brigade emerged the comfortable 3-0 winners this term.

Action also gets underway at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tonight with what promises to be an intriguing encounter between traditional Katutura rivals FNB Orlando Pirates and Black Africa in the pick of round 12 clashes.

The Ghosts are determined to put one over their more illustrious opponents after the two giants were deadlocked in a goalless draw in the first round. Pirates are still licking their wounds after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of a rampant Stars in their last league outing and will have to muster a Herculean effort or hope for divine intervention to redeem themselves and to restore lost pride.

Coach Christy Gurusub is likely to ring some changes to the side, which suffered a complete rout last weekend with livewire striker Ronaldo Tsowaseb in line to get the nod for the centre forward position, while out of favour bulky defender Steven Goagub could return to bolster the fragile rearguard of the Ghosts.

Still trying to come to terms with last weekend's shock home defeat by basement denizens Rundu Chiefs - coastal giants LHU Blue Waters are at home to league rookies Tura Magic at the notorious 'House of Pain' - the Narraville Stadium in Walvis Bay, tomorrow.

Mid-table Civics welcome league strugglers Eleven Arrows in the first of a double header featuring the Ramblers/SKW late kick off at the Independence Stadium at 16h00. Across town, Tigers should have little trouble in dispatching Mighty Gunners when they host the men in uniform at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura tomorrow at 18h00 to conclude the weekend's line up.

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