Windhoek — When Namibian champions Black Africa engaged Ramblers in a corresponding fixture last term - the MTC Premiership League title was already gathering dust at the team's headquarters and the final result was deemed meaningless by the Gemengde-based outfit.
Ramblers' 1-0 triumph brought an abrupt end to the reigning champions' aspirations to finish the 2011/2012 MTC NPL season unbeaten. With five points separating the two teams going into tonight's clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Brian Isaacs' charges will surely want to settle for nothing less than a comprehensive win against what have become their nemesis in recent times.
Wounded Ramblers are still smarting from last weekend's unexpected 2-0 defeat at the hands of archrivals Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) and could not have asked for a more ideal platform to redeem themselves when they meet the defending champions.
When the two teams trot onto the field tonight, the Tunschell Street Boys can bank on massive support from the vociferous African Stars supporters, because it goes without saying that any negative result for the title-chasing BA will count in favour of the Reds. In their previous three meetings, the Pionierspark side came out tops, including BA's early elimination from the inaugural season's pipe opener, the NPL League Cup last year. Head coach Brian Isaacs says they are not taking any chances against Ramblers despite the latter's loss against Imawida.
"We know very well what to expect from Ramblers. The fact that they have beaten us in our last three encounters says a lot and they will be more motivated to put another one over us for the umpteenth time. We are looking forward to the challenge, because we have to beat good opposition like Ramblers if we are to dislodge Stars from the pedestal," added the likeable soft-spoken BA mentor.
Isaacs also confirmed that he has decided against signing on Ramblers want-away centre back Ivan Bloom, who has been linked with an imminent move to the Gemengde-based outfit during the January transfer window period.