BA to win league; United Stars, Magic, Chiefs to go down
Black Africa (BA) is still odds on favourite to retain its crown, because all the other two title contenders have new faces in their ranks.
Brian Isaacks has retained his position as head coach this season after guiding BA to three successive league titles on a trot, while African Stars who finished second to the champions, has brought in a new coach.
Woody Jacobs is the man who Sydney Martins, majority shareholder of Stars, has placed on the hot seat in a bid to bring the MTC/NPL title to Herero Mall; something his predecessor, Ali Akan, failed to do.
The departure of Eslim Kamuhanga to Stars and Jerome Louis to Botswana will not affect BA's quest to win a record fourth title as the two players were more of second fiddles to their teammates last season.
BA has brought in Gideon Nauseb from Hotspurs in the defence and Gebhardt Ananias who can play either both flanks or in the middle of the park; something Isaacks will not be bothered about too.
United Stars do not have the quality to survive, despite the quantity.
Rundu Chiefs coach, John Sikerete, who came in the last half of last season will have a big task, working his magic to ensure Chiefs survive again.
Tura Magic players are probably still under the moon with disbelief, wondering what happened after winning the league cup last month ahead of top clubs. Magic's new coach has since been quoted as saying he does not get carried away with cup victories, although admitted he would be under pressure to keep the club’s fortunes in the league.