15 February 2013

Namibia: Reds to Face Birds At 'house of Pain'

Windhoek — Coastal outfit LHU Blue Waters should prepare themselves for a game of serious attacking football when they host traditional rivals African Stars in what promises to be a titanic clash.

The two giants confront each other in round 14 of the MTC Premier League at the Narraville Stadium, also dubbed 'The House of Pain' in Walvis Bay, tomorrow. The two teams have vastly contrasting approaches to the beautiful game, so the jury is out on this one.

The Beautiful Birds are lingering dangerously in a precarious 9th position on the NPL log standings - just four points above the relegation zone and another defeat would leave them stuck in troubled waters with the dreaded relegation axe hovering over their heads. So they go into this encounter meaning serious business and should the Reds leave this factor out of their accounting matrix for this encounter they could come to rue it for a long time.

On the other hand, the Reds will have to settle for nothing but a win as any other result would see them lose ground to log leaders Black Africa who enjoy a 4-point lead going into round 14. Brian Isaacs' charges redeemed themselves after their shocking display, which culminated in their early exit from the prestigious Bidvest Namibia Cup at the hands of old foes FNB Orlando Pirates last weekend.

The Namibian champions responded by walloping a hapless Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek by 3 unanswered goals in a midweek MTC Premier League match at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, building a 4-point lead over 2nd placed Stars and now look poised for an unprecedented 3rd league title in succession.

A thunderbolt shot from mercurial midfielder Awilo Stephanus and Jerome Louis' strike gave the defending champions a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break before want-away midfielder Bryan Bantam completed the rout in the 2nd half to give BA an unassailable 3-goal cushion.

Action in the MTC Premier League gets underway tonight when the in-form FNB Orlando Pirates, fresh from their morale boosting victory over BA in the Bidvest Namibia Cup, entertain the league's new boys Tura Magic at Windhoek's Independence Stadium at 20h00.

In Saturday's matches, coach-less 3rd placed Ramblers are at home to struggling Mighty Gunners at the Independence Stadium, while basement dwellers Rundu Chiefs host Civics and Tigers welcome Eleven Arrows at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 18h00. Unless otherwise stated, all matches start at 16h00.

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