MTC Premiership early pacesetters Tigers surged to an unbeaten streak of 13 games in the current term.
Ingwe downed title rivals FNB Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma stadium in Windhoek yesterday, to chalk up their second win in the space of less than five days following their midweek triumph against Civics with an identical scoreline.
The match started at a pedestrian pace with both teams adopting a cautious approach though the log leaders enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession. Striker Munavei Mapenzi wasted a glorious chance to put Ingwe ahead when he missed the target from close range.
With 15 minutes gone on the clock, midfielder Benjamin Nekavu produced a piece of individual magic when he latched onto Image Isaak’s defence-splitting pass and turned his marker before curling the ball neatly into the far left corner past Lesego Modiba in Pirates’ goal (1-0).
Both sets of players upped their game after the break but goal-scoring chances were in short supply. Tigers created the best goal-scoring opportunities but wayward shooting aided by some good goalkeeping by the Ghosts’ net minder held the goal-shy Tigers forwards at bay. Final score Tigers 1 0 Orlando Pirates.
In yesterday’s other action, African Stars and a nine-man Civics played out a dull goalless draw while Black Africa revived their fading title hopes with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Young Chiefs.
LHU Blue Waters cruised to a 4-1 victory against a hapless United Stars in Walvis Bay while fellow seasiders Eleven Arrows easily waltzed past Julinho Sporting 3-1.
Mighty Gunners saw off Unam 2-1 in a tightly contested match at Otjiwarongo while Citizens and Tura Magic played out a 1-all stalemate. Flamingoes collected their second successive league triumph – dispatching fellow newcomers Rundu Chiefs by a solitary goal.
On Friday, FNB Orlando Pirates inflicted more woes on beleaguered African Stars coach Bobby Samaria as the rejuvenated Ghosts came out tops in the pick of the weekend’s action. The live televised tie, featuring the two of the country’s best supported football teams, failed to live up to its top billing and the disappointingly small crowd at the giant Independence Stadium could not be faulted for feeling shortchanged as both sets of players dished out mediocre football.
It was a see-saw affair with nothing to write home about with both teams huffing and puffing through the entire 90 minutes – characterized by miscued shots, inaccurate passes and lack of innovation.
Stars had the ball in the net when former Pirates winger Enrico Haraseb let fly with a well-taken left footer – only for the goal to be incorrectly ruled out for a dubious foul.
However, the Ghosts took the lead midway through the second half via the educated boot of MTC Premiership leading goal scorer Terry Useb, to take his goal tally to 10 goals in the current term.
The livewire striker reacted the quickest to a defensive mix-up as his masterfully taken acrobatic delivery left Lloyd Kazapua, who otherwise had a great game between the sticks, in no man’s land.
In midweek action, Unam’s fairytale run was brought to an abrupt end by the fired-up Citizens, who scored two unanswered goals to claim a well-deserved victory against the students.
On Saturday, Tura Magic walloped Mighty Gunners 4-1 away from home while Eleven Arrows and United Stars cancelled each other out in a six-goal thriller.
Black Africa scraped a 1-0 win over league returnees Rundu Chiefs. Flamingoes recorded their first win of the season via a 1-0 triumph against fellow league rookies Young Chiefs.
Elsewhere, Blue Waters defeated Julinho Sporting 2-1 in the first of a double header at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay.