Tigers Move Up the Log

Tigers were the big climbers after last weekend’s Namibia Premier League matches, moving seven places up from ninth position to second on the log.

Tigers collected maximum points after beating Black Africa 2-0 last Wednesday and Unam 1-0 on Sunday.

Tigers’ midfielder Rehabeam Mbango was sent off midway through the first half for a second yellow card but Unam could not capitalise on their one-man aantage.

Tigers looked the more threatening with Benyamin Nenkavu and Absalom Imbondi in fine form, and took the lead on 72 minutes when Letu Shatimuene scored from the penalty spot after a handball in the box.

The win puts Tigers in second spot on 25 points, ahead of Blue Waters and Black Africa on goal difference.

African Stars also picked up maximum points to move ten points clear at the top of the log on 35 points.

On Saturday they beat Citizens 1-0 after a great goal by Edison Kahua, while on Sunday they beat Civics by the same score, with Johannes Seibeb scoring the winner after only 11 minutes.

Blue Waters moved up to third place on 25 points after beating Orlando Pirates 2-1 at the Independence Stadium on Sunday. Their Nigerian striker Edom Dominique scored both goals that puts them on 25 points, just behind Tigers on goal difference.

Black Africa also moved up to 25 points after beating Rebels 2-1 on Sunday night.

Playing in pouring rain at the Independence Stadium, Rebels took a shock lead after only three minutes when Kaute Mbangura scored with a long range shot.

Black Africa were stung into action and came close to scoring on several occasions. A Willy Stephanus freekick was punched away by Rebels keeper Davis Petersen while Denzil Haoseb shot narrowly wide from a corner.

Their pressure paid off when they equalised with a great team goal on 34 minutes. Quick passes between Muna Katupose and Marco van Wyk put Katupose clear, who’se shot was blocked by Petersen, but Roger Katjiteo followed up to slam the rebound into the net.

Midfielder Denzil Haoseb scored BA’s winner on 62 minutes when he rose high to head home Willy Stephanus’ corner.

Rebels midfielder Marius Kotze came close with two freekicks in the final stages but BA held on for the win.

Tura Magic moved two places down to fifth on the log on 24 points after two draws over the weekend. After a goalless draw against Civics on Saturday, they drew 1-1 against Citizens on Sunday, with defender Teberius Lombaard scoring their goal.

Tura Magic’s outstanding result against United Stars must however still be confirmed, and if the match is awarded in their favour, they will move up to second place on 27 points.

United Stars were leading 4-0 when the match was stopped due to rain, with 25 minutes remaining. The NPL instructed the teams to play the remaining minutes on 17 January but Stars did not turn up for the match.

NPL League Administrator Tovey Hoebeb yesterday said they were looking into the issue and the result still had to be ratified.

The other big mover of the weekend was United Stars, who collected maximum points with two home victories in Rundu. They beat Benfica 2-0 on Saturday and Touch amp Go 4-1 on Sunday, with goals coming from Glenn Kamutjete, Benizo Nguvauva, Michi Miguel and Charlie Nguezi.

Stars remain in 11th spot on the log but join Civics and Citizens on 22 points.

It was a bad weekend for Orlando Pirates though, who suffered successive defeats to Eleven Arrows (1-0) and Blue Waters (2-1). The results saw them drop down six positions to eighth on the log on 23 points.

In other results on Sunday, Eleven Arrows and Mighty Gunners drew 2-2 and Julinho Sporting beat Benfica 1-0.

Source : The Namibian