Tigers Beat Civics to Go Top

Tigers went to the top of the log after beating Civics 2-1 in an action-packed match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday night.

Petrus Naftalie and Benson Shilongo scored for Tigers while Llewellyn Stanley replied for Civics, but Tigers had to hang on for dear life as Civics threw everything at them in the final stages.

They managed to do so and collect three points which puts them at the top of the log on 28 points, three more than Black Africa who play Blue Waters on Saturday.

Tigers got off to a great start when Petrus Naftalie gave them the lead after only three minutes when he headed in a corner.

Civics however equalised four minutes later when they won a free kick on the edge of Tigers’ box and Llewellyn Stanley curled a great shot around the wall and into the corner of the net.

With Tigers doing most of the early attacking, Naftalie and Benson Shilongo both came close, before Shilongo put them 2-1 ahead on 38m when he beat the offside trap and Civics’ outrushing keeper Edward Maova to tap the ball into an empty net.

The action continued unabated in the second half when a scorching shot by Shilongo went narrowly wide, while at the other end, Stanlety came close with another freekick.

Play was held up for seven minutes when the floodlights went out but when it came back on, it was Civics who started to dominate.

They threw everything at Tigers but could not find a way past their defence, where captain Pekka Hamukwaya had a fine match. Stanley had a shot tipped for a corner while a Musa Kiriri free kick was punched clear, as Tigers held on for the win.

MTC Premiership – 201314

Team P W D L GF GA P

1 Tigers 14 8 4 2 22 13 28

2 Black Africa 12 7 4 1 17 8 25

3 Orlando Pirates 13 7 3 3 16 11 24

4 African Stars 12 7 2 3 20 13 23

5 Civics 14 6 3 5 15 13 21

6 Tura Magic 14 5 4 5 11 13 18

7 Bue Boys 13 4 3 6 15 16 15

8 Blue Waters 13 4 3 6 17 19 15

9 Ramblers 13 4 3 6 15 18 15

10 United Stars 13 3 4 6 18 24 13

11 Eleven Arrows 13 3 1 9 14 21 10

12 Rundu Chiefs 12 2 2 8 13 24 8

Source : The Namibian