Defending league champions Black Africa kept their league title campaign on course with a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in a Katutura derby played on Friday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Eslin Kamuhanga and Roger Katjiteo put BA ahead within the half hour mark before striker Theophillus Tsowaseb pulled one back towards the interval.
In front of a half packed but noisy stadium, the fans waited until the 22 minute when Kamuhanga converted a through pass with a rare right-foot scorcher that left Helmuth Maletsky hapless in goal.
It was Kamuhanga’s 4th goal of the season, the second highest scorer in the team behind Katjiteo, who doubled the lead two minutes later to take his tally to seven.
His was a moment of madness, a solo run which saw penetrate deep into the Pirates’ defence tearing them into shreds.
Pirates played their usual one-two passing game and perpetually launched assaults through Alfred Ndyenge and Ronaldo Tsowaseb in an effort to get back into the game but they found the BA defence mean.
It was in the dying minutes of the first half that Pirates deservedly got their goal when the threatening Tsowaseb’s long range strike hit the upright before swerving into the net, out of Arnold Subeb’s reach. His 3rd goal of the season.
It remained the same in the entire second half where Willy Stephanus rotated with Klaas Blom between right wing and right midfield in the absence of veteran Bryan Bantam.
Ronaldo Tsowaseb stood out for the derby man of the match award with visionary passes to strikers Marco Van Wyk and Katjiteo that kept the crowd on its feet. Substitute striker, Jerome Louis could have made it three in the last moments of the match but wasted a chance.
Black Africa is still a point behind Stars on the log with 27 points in 12 matches. Pirates remain 4th on the log with 20 points.
On Saturday, Blue Waters were held to a 1-1 draw by Tura magic at the Narravile Rugby stadium in Walvis Bay. After the draw, Blue Waters move to 12 points while Tura Magic has 11, a result that kept them in their 9th and 10th position respectively.
African Stars who are now unbeaten in 18 competitive matches since April 2012 kept their lead on top of the log with a 2-1 win in Rundu. Stars now have 28 points while Chiefs remain at the basement with 7 points from 12 matches. Civics suffered a 3-1 loss at home to coastal side Eleven Arrows, their fifth loss of the season. The result saw Civics dropping two places to 8th with 13 points while Arrows climb one place to 6th on a 12 team log.
In another Windhoek derby, SKW saw enough of Ramblers winning the match 2-0 thanks to Raymordt Mate and Elvis Tjivasera’s goals. The result lifted them away from the relegation pack, moving them to 7th place with 15 points, one place above Civics and level on points with 6th placed Arrows. Ramblers remain 3rd on the log with 22 points, 5 behind second placed BA.
Tigers remain two points behind Pirates after coming from a goal down to beat Otjiwarongo’s Mighty Gunners 2-1 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.