Namibia: High Drama in Mtc Premiership

11 February 2019

BLACK Africa stretched their lead at the top of the log on a weekend of high drama in the MTC Premiership.

Black Africa collected a maximum six points at the coast after beating Eleven Arrows 3-0 on Friday and then thrashing Blue Waters 7-2 on Sunday.

On Friday, Wendell Rudath scored a brace and Petrus Sakaria one goal as BA completed a comfortable victory.

Yesterday they were in even more sublime form against Blue Waters, as McCartney Naweseb scored a hat-trick, Immanuel Heita a brace, and Dynamo Fredericks and Wendell Rudath one goal each.

The two victories put BA eight points clear of Mighty Gunners at the top of the log, although Gunners have a match in hand.

The title race, however, took a back seat to dramatic events at Rundu in the north and Karasburg in the south.

At the Rundu Stadium, African Stars scored a comfortable 5-1 victory against Julinho Sporting, with Crispin Mbewe scoring a brace and Youssouf Ibroihim, Roger Katjiteo and Alfeus Handura one goal each.

The drama, however, took place off the pitch, as Stars' midfielder Tapiwa Simon Musekiwa was arrested during the match, for allegedly providing false information to immigration officials.

According to a Nampa report, Musekiwa, the player at the centre of the storm around the relegation of Young African Football Club, was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force who were accompanied by immigration officials.

It is alleged that Musekiwa jumped the fence of the stadium in an attempt to flee to Windhoek when he was substituted at half-time, and was later arrested at Masivi roadblock 10km outside Rundu on the road to Grootfontein.

According to immigration officials on the scene on Saturday, Musekiwa had previously played under a different name and was therefore requested to hand himself over to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration in Windhoek to explain the confusion regarding his work visa which is due to expire on 22 February.

Musekiwa did not comply with these directives, which led to his arrest.

However, he was later released into the care of the team manager who will in turn hand the player over to immigration officials on Monday.

The player was released without his passport, which will only be couriered on Monday for fear of him absconding to his native country.

And in Karasburg a rain deluge halted the match between Young Brazilian and Orland Pirates.

Pirates were leading 1-0 when the rain came down and flooded the pitch in the second half.

The match had to be called off and will now have to be replayed at a later date.

In other results over the weekend, Life Fighters beat Okahandja United 3-1, Blue Waters beat Civics 4-3 and Tigers beat Eleven Arrows 2-0.

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