Rundu derby take centre stage this weekend

WINDHOEK: The town of Rundu will come to a ‘standstill’ on Saturday when two of its top teams meet in a Premier League clash.

Rundu Chiefs Football Club (FC) are currently bottom of the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) log-standing, while United Stars FC are eighth.

Supporters from both camps are eager for their respective teams to win, as this will give them more bragging rights on which team is bigger in Rundu.

David Snewe, the United Stars’ coach, said it does not matter whether it is a Rundu derby or not.

“We prepare the same for all our games and my boys will go out on Saturday to do what they have been doing in all our games – play well and win,” he said.

With only seven games left for most teams in the NPL, Rundu Chiefs have a game in hand against Premier League defending champions Black Africa, but all that matters for the Rundu Chiefs players right now is a win against their next door neighbours at the Rundu Sports Stadium.

On his part, Rundu Chiefs’ coach, Sikerete John said the game is very important, not only for the players but also for their management and sympathisers.

He told Nampa on Wednesday that Saturday’s game is bigger than all the games they have played so far.

“We know our opponents (United Stars) are not fighting relegation and we need the points more than them, but recently they have been playing good football. My boys are also well motivated from our last performance against Orlando Pirates in the league,” explained Sikerete.

Rundu Chiefs lost 0-1 to Orlando Pirates.

Both coaches said their players are fit.

However, Rundu Chiefs’ defender David Hendly is recovering from an eye injury, but trained with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

“Our two under-20 players are also back in the team with us, and it’s a good motivation that our striker Uaseuako Katjiukua scored a goal in Mozambique,” said Sikerete.

Namibia lost 1-2 against Mozambique in the 2015 CAF African Youth Championship qualifiers in Mozambique on Saturday.

The United Stars camp, on the other hand, will be playing without Alfeus Ngwezi, who was suspended for collecting four yellow cards in the league.

Ngwezi, a former Rundu Chiefs midfielder, joined United Stars at the beginning of this season.