New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: BA Has Axe to Grind, SKW Beware!

Windhoek — Still licking their wounds following last weekend's early exit from the prestigious Bidvest Namibia Cup, Black Africa would be looking to get back to winning ways when they make the short trip to the Sam Nujoma Stadium for their confrontation against Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) in the MTC Premiership League tonight at 20h00.

The Namibian champions were left high and dry and narrowly escaped from the jaws of death in their penultimate Bivest Namibia Cup match against old foes FNB Orlando Pirates with a last gasp equalizer, but worse was to follow for the Gemengde-based outfit when they failed to clear the last hurdle in the dreaded penalty shootout.

Now, with only the league title remaining, the MTC Premiership League table-toppers will have an ideal chance to redeem themselves against the unpredictable Germans. After a sluggish start to their league campaign this season - Imawida have slowly moved into top gear and managed to manufacture some decent results in their last couple of fixtures, including a 2-0 triumph over nemesis Ramblers. Lucky Kakuva's unfashionable charges are not ranked among the serious MTC Premiership League title contenders, but the Germans will certainly have a bigger say with regard to the ultimate destination of the coveted trophy.

The three valuable points at stake are extremely vital for Black Africa's gaffer Brian Isaacs. Any negative outcome would allow title rivals African Stars to pounce like starving vultures in their desperate bid to wrestle the slender lead away from the log leaders, given what is considered a very likely win against traditional rivals LHU Blue Waters in Walvis Bay this weekend. "It's not going to be another walk in the park against SKW, even though we defeated them 1-0 in the first round, they are a very well organized defensive unit and we have to strategize our attacking options if we are to break down their resolute rearguard," says Isaacs with justified caution.

Isaacs hinted that he would make wholesale changes to the team that was not only outplayed, but were totally out-thought by a relatively young and inexperienced Orlando Pirates side in the Bidvest Namibian Cup last weekend. "That was our worst performance so far this season, but mark my words, there will be a whale of changes because some of the players are becoming too complacent. We have to go back to basics and start playing like a unit and not as individuals. Football is all about teamwork and the players should refrain from playing for personal glory," fumed Isaacs this week.

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