…all eyes on Pirates and Ramblers
WINDHOEK – African Stars coach Woody Jacobs expects his players to put up an improved performance and step up a gear when his title-chasing outfit travels northeast to confront unpredictable United Stars in round 15 of the MTC Premiership at the Rundu Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Following their recent disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tura Magic, the Reds responded in the most emphatic fashion as they dusted themselves off to record a comprehensive 5-0 mauling of Rundu Chiefs and will be out to repeat the same feat against United to keep their title hopes alive.
MTC Premiership table toppers Tigers should have little trouble in beefing up their healthy points tally with a likely victory against struggling coastal opponents Eleven Arrows in the 2nd of a double header at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday at 19h00. Tura Magic greet relegation certainties Rundu Chiefs in the curtain raiser in a match of academic significance for the hosts. Across town resurgent Ramblers make the long overdue return to their favourite stomping grounds, the Ramblers Stadium. The fired up Tunschell Street Boys will entertain FNB Orlando Pirates in a match that could define the Ghosts’ brittle title credentials. Alan Akan’s youthful brigade has been blowing hot and cold winning crucial matches against formidable opponents, only to falter when least expected against lesser opposition. Victory for the Buccaneers over a Rammies outfit cruising on an unbeaten streak in their last five games will keep their fading title hopes intact, while defeat could all but extinguish any aspirations they might have to wrestle the title away from their bitter rivals Black Africa.
MTC Premiership ingenues PC Blue Boys FC are at home to fellow seasiders LUH Blue Waters in an eagerly awaited coastal derby at the Vineta Central Sports Stadium in Swakopmund on Saturday. Namibian champions Black Africa conclude activities in round 15 with a match against hoodoo team Civics at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, next week Wednesday. Unless otherwise stated, all matches start at 16h00.
By Carlos Kambaekwa