New Era (Windhoek)

18 February 2013

Namibia: BA Widens Lead Over Rivals ? Rundu Chiefs Exit Basement

Windhoek — Namibian champions Black Africa were chief bene-ficiaries without having to kick a ball during the weekend's round of 14, which produced numerous surprises that saw the league's new boys Tura Magic drop to the bottom of the MTC Premier League log standings.

LHU Blue Waters produced the biggest upset of the weekend when the coastal outfit downed title-chasing African Stars via the quick-silver boot of Balack Somaeb's first half strike at a well attended match at the 'House of Pain' - the Narraville Rugby Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday.

The result left the Reds trailing log leaders Black Africa by 4 points after the Gemengde-based side made easy work of their midweek clash against Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) as they triumphed 3-0 to wrestle the lead from Stars. It was coach Ali Akan's first defeat since he took over the reins at the Katutura glamour football club at the beginning of the current term.

In other action, Eleven Arrows and Tigers cancelled each other out in a dull goalless draw at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, while Mighty Gunners inflicted more woes on coach-less Ramblers, hammering the Tunschell Street Boys 3-1 to give the men in uniform a slight glimmer of hope for survival in topflight football.

League rookies Rundu Chiefs moved off the bottom for the first time since the start of the current league campaign when they defeated struggling Civics 2-0. The rare victory allowed the northerners to heave a huge sigh of relief after being consigned to the basement for a long time.

In-form FNB Orlando Pirates continued from where they left off when they dispatched old foes Black Africa in the first round proper of the Bidvest Namibia Cup prior to last weekend's league action. The rejuvenated Buccaneers waltzed past a stubborn Tura Magic with a 2-1 score line to dislodge Ramblers from 3rd place - 9 points off the summit.

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