AS the race for the coveted MTC Premiership intensifies, only a fool will bet against African Stars dethroning reigning Namibian champions Black Africa this term. News flitting out of Diaz House is that enterprising winger Edison “Masinga” Muheua has resolved to hang up his togs after the fast-galloping forward was deemed surplus to requirement. Habitual itchy footed veteran shot-stopper Esau “Pitso’ Tjiuoro has resurfaced at the club as back-up for ageing gloves-man Athiel Mbaha. Reports suggest dreadlocked veteran fullback Freedom Puriza has been offered a short-term contract.
Former Orlando Pirates goal poacher Ronaldo Tsowaseb is likely to make his eagerly-awaited debut after a prolonged dispute between his new employers BA, Orlando Pirates (SA) and his parent club Orlando Pirates (Nam). Jerome Louis was in the starting lineup for his Botswana team Township Rollers in the first leg of the preliminary round 2-1 loss against Kaizer Chiefs. Meanwhile, wheelchair-bound long serving fan Ewert Beukes is on beans end and hard up (low on cash). The diehard BA follower is appealing to good Samaritans for assistance as he struggles to keep hunger at bay. With both Pirates and Tigers in the habit of dropping points at the slightest provocation, the undisputed Namibian champions appear to be the only side capable of preventing Stars from snatching the coveted league title from them.
Former striker Ballack Somaeb came on as a second half substitute for his new PSL club Free State Stars in the 1-all draw against Stigga Ketjijere’s Amatuks for his second competitive match. His former mentor Sandro de Goveia is full of praise and admiration for the speedy youngster, bragging that his protégé has what it takes to become a much sought-after commodity in the highly competitive PSL.
Former blue-eyed boy and incumbent Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti is a worried man. The brother is clearly gatvol with the accelerating pace at which Namibian footballers have been tiptoeing back home after failure to make an impression in the highly competitive PSL. Bucksy is not exactly impressed by the sudden influx of returnees from that neck of the woods, as he believes this trend will in all likelihood stifle the progress of the Warriors and possibly trickle down to the overall standard of domestic football.
The Citizens are fuming and put the blame for their narrow 1-0 midweek defeat against title chasing Orlando Pirates squarely on the shoulders of match officials. A furious Dawid Goagoseb believes the league traditional heavyweights are beneficiaries of preferential treatment by the men in black uniform.
Welcome to the tough and demanding rigours of topflight football!! It’s back to the drawing board for the league’s new boys after suffering heavy back-to-back defeats in last weekend’s league action. A somewhat abbreviated period of good omen has gifted Nelson Luis’ team a false sense of belief – only to be slapped with a rude awakening via a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of rampant Tigers.
For the umpteenth time, inconsistency could seriously harm the ambitious Ghosts’ title aspirations. The NPL perennial underachievers surrendered a one-goal cushion loosing 3-1 against runaway log leaders African Stars in what was billed a potential title decider last weekend. The defeat paved the way for the Reds to comfortably widen the gulf between them and the chasing pack. The sea robbers have captured the signature of youth international Enrico Hoabeb from coastal outfit Blue Waters. Lanky midfielder Albertus Harobeb looks the real deal and could be just what the good doctor ordered if his near faultless performance against Stars is anything to go by.
Despite registering an impressive display for his PSL outfit Amazulu this season, Dudes Mwedihanga is starring relegation in the face as Usuthu find themselves marooned at the bottom of the PSL log standings. Off the pitch, former tough club stalwart and tough tackling reliable defender, Bricks Angula, has suffered another setback following the horrific car accident that left him in catastrophic condition. The wheelchair-confined Bricks had both his legs amputated after losing a long battle with diabetes.
Trouble keeps following Larry Horaeb. The former Ramblers fullback has been ruled out with a fractured leg sustained in a training match against lower division opponents Lamontville Golden Arrows. Ironically, the Namibian is the victim of a clumsy tackle inflicted on him via the dirty boot of compatriot Freedom Puriza. Horaeb will be out of action for up to six months. By the way, the overlapping fullback is yet to feature in an official league match this season after recovering from a threatening career-ending injury last season.
Despite operating on a skeleton budget, United continue their astonishing upsurge in their bid to stave off relegation. United are becoming tricky customers to deal with as they continue to manufacture decent results notably on the road. This can be attested by last weekend’s good showing that saw them slashing valuable points from title-chasing Tigers (1-1) and Rebels (1-0). Alfeus Ngwezi’s impressive goal tally of nine strikes put him firmly in pole position to have his palms greased with the coveted golden boot award – come end of the season.
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