Tigers title dream is back on track after beating Civics 2-1 on Friday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, as defending champions, Black Africa, recorded a narrow 1-0 win against Blue Waters in Walvis Bay the following day.
Petrus Naftali of Tigers opened the scoring with a screaming header in the third minute to beat Brave Warriors second choice goalkeeper, Edward Maova.
Civics equalised through Stanley Llewelyn’s free kick outside the Tigers penalty area in the 15th minute, to beat veteran Tigers goalkeeper Abiater Nambundunga, who has been keeping goals in place of injured first choice, Lloyd Kazapua.
In the 39th minute, Benson Shilongo thundered home the final and winning goal of the match, to send Tigers to the top of the log, albeit temporarily.
The game was momentarily disrupted for about six minutes in the second-half when the stadium lights went off.
Tigers held on to the vital win, which was their eighth and second win from their last six games in the league after losing 3-2 last weekend to Blue Waters in Windhoek.
“We have been on top of the log since September [at the beginning of the season] and giving away the title now with two months to go would be unfair,” said Tigers’ coach Bobby Samaria.
A double-header at the Kuisebmund Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday afternoon saw Eleven Arrows shine against Ramblers in a 2-0 defeat.
Blue Waters, which caught everybody by surprised after beating Tigers last weekend in the capital, blew their home-ground advantage by losing 1-0 by BA, courtesy of Denzel Haoseb’s 78th minute goal that sent BA back to the top of the league.
BA and Tigers are joint top on the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) log, with 28 points each. BA, however, has a superior goal difference of 10 to Tigers’ 9.
Also on Saturday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, African Stars scored five goals against bottom logged Rundu Chiefs, to cut the gap at the top to two points.
Stars now have 26 points after Heinrich Kazeurua scored a hat trick with his goals coming in the 5th , 47th and 83rd minutes.
Johannes Seibeb and Maraai Swartbooi also scored for Stars, with Seibeb’s goal coming in the 43rd minute while Swartbooi was on target at the 74th minute, ahead of their side’s mouth-watering encounter this Wednesday against Orlando Pirates in the Bidvest Namibia Cup, round 16.