Windhoek — Defiant African Stars coach Ali Akan says at the moment the Reds remain mere bystanders in the MTC Premier League title race, but if they can secure a comprehensive win over Cymot Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tonight their prospects would improve significantly to cling onto the coattails of Namibian champions Black Africa.
However, whether or not they can overcome Lucky Kakuva's unfashionable side remains to be seen. The Reds go into tonight's clash knowing very well that victory against what is becoming their hoodoo team would allow them to close the gap between the log leaders and provide a new impetus to their recent upturn in form, in the Bidvest Namibia Cup, which has propelled them to the quarterfinals of the country's most sought-after knockout competition.
Black Africa's mentor Brian Isaacs though has played down suggestions his side could now be on a sure course to retain the coveted league title they won back to back in the last two seasons. Said the soft-spoken Isaacs: "The league is a marathon and there are still 18 points to play for and although we are leading the log standings - we must keep the momentum going, while at the same time maintaining consistency, something which is very crucial with the title race now entering the home straight."
Isaacs' charges entertain Eleven Arrows in an MTC Premier League clash that could go a long way in determining the destination of the league trophy - come end of the season. "As it stands, the title is in our hands, because even if our closest rivals win their games, we are not involved. We have to do our job, which is to beat Arrows, before thinking about the next game - from now on, it's one game at a time."
Third-placed FNB Orlando Pirates will be at sea level where they square off against Gilbert Rwasoka's dangerous and unpredictable LHU Blue Waters at the Narraville Stadium, popularly referred to as the 'House of Pain' in Walvis Bay tomorrow. Tura Magic will be looking for some redemption when the league's new boys welcome fast improving Mighty Gunners at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the first of a double header that sees log leaders Black Africa host Eleven Arrows in the last match. Basement dwellers Rundu Chiefs are at home to visiting Tigers at the Rundu Stadium.
Rammies net rare double over Civics
A first half strike via the boot of Alfred "Karabo" Karamata gifted Ramblers a 1-0 win against hoodoo team Civics in a midweek MTC Premier league match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. It was the Tunschel Street Boys' first win in league action since the unceremonious departure of coach Woody Jacobs.
Following an impressive start to their league campaign this term - Ramblers suffered a serious dip in form and have been on a 4-match losing streak up to the Civics match. Ramblers also recorded a 2-0 victory against the Civilians in the first round for a rare double over their cross-town rivals.