Starlile Eye Pole Position

With the top three sides not in action this weekend, the MTC Namibia Premier League could have new leaders by the end of round 7.

Champions Black Africa (BA), who lead the standings on 13 points from five matches, as well as Unam and Tigers in second and third, with 12 and 11 points respectively, have an off weekend, providing fourth-placed African Stars the opportunity to leapfrog them into pole position.

Starlile, runners-up to a domineering BA over the past four seasons, can go three points clear of BA should they collect maximum points from their clashes against fifth-placed Blue Waters at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium tomorrow and Eleven Arrows in eleventh place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday.

African Stars, who have a match in hand, are one of only two sides still unbeaten this season along with BA.

They have the best scoring ratio in the top division, with 10 goals in four outings, which is a feat almost matched by Tigers, who 11 from five.

African Stars also have the meanest defence in the land, having leaked only one goal thus far. With two and three goals against, BA and Unam have the next best defensive record.

On Saturday, they face an in-form and confident Blue Waters side, who arrive in Windhoek on the back of an emphatic 3-0 coastal derby demolition of Eleven Arrows.

Blue Waters are level on points with African Stars, and they too harbour ambitions of ending the weekend top of the standings should they upset Stars and defeat sixth-placed Tura Magic, who can also lead the log should results prove favourable this weekend.

The capable Magicians’ other match is against the struggling Arrows, who could end the weekend a position lower if they fail to pick up any points this weekend.

Also gunning for an improved top half position are Civics in seventh. Tomorrow they play a mid-table United Stars side, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, hoping that their week-long wage dispute that resulted in players boycotting training has not thrown them off their stride.

With the players reportedly now paid, United Stars will be buoyed by a 1-0 triumph over fellow Rundu-based side Julinho Sporting last time out.

Recently promoted Julinho have had an uneasy assimilation to the Premiership, losing two matches with three drawn to date.

They face further daunting assignments in Windhoek this weekend, with the improving Citizens first on their agenda at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, and then Civics at Independence Stadium, which will also host Citizens against United Stars, the following day.

Orlando Pirates (10th), Mighty Gunners (12), Benfica (14), Touch amp Go (15), and Rebels (16) will also not be in action this weekend.

Source : The Namibian