Windhoek — After having been in charge of proceedings atop of the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) for the last 12 rounds of matches and even looked a sure bet to topple incumbent champions Black Africa from the pedestal, Katutura glamour team African Stars surrendered their slim lead after an enthralling 2-2 draw against Civics, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Two well-engineered 1st-half free kicks by midfielder Bobs Kaapama handed Civics an early 2-goal lead.
Stars however tried by all means to salvage something from the opening half, but their efforts were not rewarded as the Mighty Civilians determinedly held on to finish the 1st quarter leading 2-0. Stars were evidently struggling in terms of composure and showed no signs of hunger for goals.
The 2nd half kicked off on a slightly different note, as both teams injected a bit of life into the game and started launching a few decent albeit short-lived attacks that saw Stars being awarded a penalty after Brian Brendell handled the ball in the box. Bradley Wermann failed to convert the penalty, but striker Clarence Foroma was well on hand and made no mistake when he scored from a rebound to make it 2-1. Johannes Seibeb soon leveled the score and made it 2-2, when he shot in a goal from a Rudi Louw free kick ending the game 2-2.
In other results, Eleven Arrows and coastal rivals Blue Waters shared the spoils in a 2-goal exciting encounter, while struggling Mighty Gunners showed some mettle as they went on to hold Orlando Pirates to a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile, Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) and Rundu Chiefs also played to a 1-1 draw in a weekend of draws, while Tigers claimed 4th place on the log after demolishing Tura Magic 4-0.