Tigers Go Back to the Top

Tigers went back to the top of the Namibia Premier League with a tough 2-0 victory against Eleven Arrows at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday night.

Tigers started like a house on fire and early attempts by Petrus Naftalie, Rehabeam Mbango and Tafadzwa Mvura went wide.

Naftalie missed a great chance when he was just too late to stab home a shot by Protash Kabwe, while Arrows’ keeper Fanuel Meroro brought off a great diving save to deny freekick by Mbango.

It was one way traffic and at the end of the half, Meroro once again brought off a good save when he punched clear a Naftalie header from a corner.

Tigers continued the onslaught after the break with Benson Shilongo coming close, before Panduleni Nekundi finally opened their account on 65m when he beat the offside trap and stabbed home a long through ball at the far post.

Seven minutes later Nekundi turned provider as he sent a long cross to an unmarked Shilongo who tapped to make it 2-0.

Nekundi nearly had a second goal when he pounced onto a loose ball in the box, but Meroro did well to recover and turn his shot away.

The victory puts Tigers three points clear at the top of the log on 31 points, three clear of Black Africa who have two games in hand.

African Stars’ title ambitions suffered a setback when they lost 1-0 to United Stars in Rundu, after Pakhati Ngobani scored the winner in the first half. The result sees Stars remaining third on 26 points, five behind Tigers.

Orlando Pirates came from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw against Ramblers at the Ramblers field.

The match saw former Brave Warrior Oliver Risser making his debut for Ramblers after returning from Europe, and the home side took an early lead when Bruce Goseb volleyed home a cross by Immanuel Heita after only 5m.

Pirates however equalised in the second half through Terdius Uiseb and now remain fourth on the log on 25 points.

Tura Magic moved up to fifth position after a 2-0 victory against bottom-of-the-log Rundu Chiefs. Peter Shalulile opened their account on 5m while Teberius Lombaard added the second on 37m.

In Swakopmund, Blue Waters beat Blue Boys 3-1 after racing into a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Edom Dominic opened the scoring from a free kick, while Hendrik Somaeb added two more – the first a stunning strike from 30m and the second after a quick exchange of passes in the box.

Former Brave Warrior Sydney Plaatjies replied for Blue Boys in the second half but it was too little too late as Blue Waters ran out comfortable victors.

MTC Premiership – 201314

Team P W D L GF GA P

1 Tigers 15 9 4 2 24 13 31

2 Black Africa 13 8 4 1 18 8 28

3 African Stars 14 8 2 4 25 14 26

4 Orlando Pirates 14 7 4 3 17 12 25

5 Tura Magic 15 6 4 5 13 13 22

6 Civics 14 6 3 5 15 13 21

7 Ramblers 15 5 4 6 18 19 19

8 United Stars 15 5 4 6 22 24 19

9 Blue Waters 15 5 3 7 20 21 18

10 Blue Boys 15 4 3 8 16 22 15

11 Eleven Arrows 15 3 1 11 14 25 10

12 Rundu Chiefs 15 2 2 10 13 31 8

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Source : The Namibian