New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Sour Grapes Over Stars Draw

Windhoek — Former African Stars lightning fast winger and dribbling wizard Juku Tjazuko has come out with guns blazing in the aftermath of the Reds' botched attempt to topple reigning Namibian champions Black Africa from the pedestal.

Going into last weekend's penultimate potential league title decider against their traditional nemesis, Stars needed a win to stand a good chance of wresting the title away from Brian Isaacs' charges, who went into the crucial tie as underdogs despite having led the MTC Premier League log standings for the better part of the current term.

Tjazuko blames the team's failure to collect the much needed maximum points from their penultimate clash against the defending champions on what he termed a poor tactical approach by the team's technical department. "In all honesty, sentiments aside, Black Africa were by far the better side and deserved to win the match had it not been for some excellent goalkeeping by our last line of defence - Max 'Slimkat' Mbaeva," quipped the bearded Tjazuko.

"We controlled the opening 20 minutes of the match, but the boys somehow fell flat and could just not get into the next gear and allowed our opponents to build momentum. I just can't digest the logic behind the decision to field Asprilla Wermann as a lone striker where the supply arrived in the form of high balls - a tactic that was easily dealt with by the beanpole Dacosta Angula, while our technical department also appeared to lack a Plan-B when they were under pressure."

The usually soft-spoken former blue-eyed boy of Stars questioned the rationale behind bringing on ageing midfielder Ninja Karongee, while a recognized striker could have been a better option. The Reds are now left with the mammoth task of defeating FNB Orlando Pirates in their last match if they are to lay their hands on the coveted league title, while praying that BA lose their do or die away match against relegation-threatened Mighty Gunners.

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