New Era (Windhoek)

1 February 2013

Namibia: Could Hoodoo Team Civics Upset Reds?

Windhoek — It's business as usual as MTC Premiership League tyros Tura Magic host elder brothers Tigers in what promises to be an action-packed match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tonight.

The league rookies got the better of Tigers in the first round via a convincing 3-0 drubbing and Bobby Samaria's inconsistent outfit will be out to rectify matters in a bid to reassert their seniority, if not superiority, in the ranks of top flight football, but could find the stubborn youngsters unwilling to oblige them.

The coastal derby between seasiders Eleven Arrows and LHU Blue Waters is doubtlessly the pick of Round 13 action, when the two traditional rivals travel across town to confront each other at the neutral Narraville Stadium in Walvis Bay tomorrow afternoon.

Mighty Gunners are home to FNB Orlando Pirates and Cymot Sport Klub (SKW) are also at home to the denizens of the bottom rung in the log standings - Rundu Chiefs, while title-chasing African Stars entertain Civics at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. All these encounters take place on Saturday.

Can BA turn the tables?

Wasteful Ramblers were made to pay dearly when they went down 2-1 through an injury-time goal against reigning MTC Premiership League champions Black Africa in an entertaining clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The tie was well balanced as both teams went on the attack from the word go with Ramblers enjoying the first real goal-scoring chance, but burly striker Gazza Kazeurua ballooned an inviting goal-scoring opportunity into the sky, leaving the goalposts gaping.

Shortly afterwards, Rammies were punished for that miss as Black Africa took the lead via veteran midfielder Marco van Wyk, but Kazeurua atoned for his earlier miss when he brought the teams on level terms again with a well taken goal that tied the teams at 1-all going into the break.

Just as the match looked destined for a stalemate, up popped Tara Katupose, coming out of the proverbial blue, to steer the ball home from a tight angle giving the defending champions the much-needed three points at stake.

The victory saw Black Africa leapfrog African Stars to the summit of the MTC NPL log standings on 30 points - 2 points ahead of Stars, but the Reds could wrestle away that slender lead with a win against hoodoo team Civics in the weekend's action.

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