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Chiefs fights till the end, BA in shoddy win

Mon, 22 April 2013 01:49
by Gabriel Nandjigwa
Sports

The MTC Premiership’s relegation battle and title race is reaching its climax with only three matches left.
Basement dwellers Rundu Chiefs narrowly missedto climb above the 12th position, a place they occupied since round one, pulling a one-all draw against  Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Log leaders Black Africa identically did the opposite, with a 2-1 win over Civics on Friday night.
Chiefs who were promoted to Namibia’s top flight football league last season, promised to put up a gallant fight till the end of the season despite trailing with four points of ninth and 10th placed teams.
On Saturday, they comfortably took the lead against Pirates on the stroke of half-time through Ambrosius Nanuseb. B
But Pirates came back strongly to level the scores midway in the second half.
Chiefs who collected only 16 points from 19 matches will have to perform a miracle to turn figures around in order to survive in the league.
Coach John Sikerete has signposted that, despite the four points adrift of the next teams, they will not give up fighting.
“Until the last game, we will not say we are out of the league”.
Pirates is out of the title chase and the highest they can stretch at this point is third spot.
Pirates’ Coach Christy Guruseb is optimistic that his side will retain their third place despite only two points ahead of fourth placed Tigers.
 “We are playing Tigers ourselves in round 21 and we don’t need favours from anybody, we need to do it ourselves…and it’s very much achievable,” he said.
On Friday night, Black Africa firmly gripped at the top of the table with two second half goals from Muna Katupose and Marco van Wyk. With the game tied at 0-0 in the early minutes of the second half, pressure was mounting on BA to score, as a draw could have given away their lead at the top.
Despite ending 2-1, it was BA’s first goal that put the results into question. Katupose’s acrobatic left-foot twist-kick beat Civics’ keeper and captain Esau Tjiuoro from the near post.  
It’s a replica of the goal which his twin-brother Tara scored in the opening game of the 2011/2012 season, at the time they were on the books of African Stars, although the positions slightly differed.
Civics’ players surrounded the referee’s assistant in appeal for an offside but the goal stood.
After the match, Civics’ Technical Advisor Willem Kapukare questioned the decision of the referee, claiming the goal was a clear offside.
BA’s coach Brian Isaacs was delighted with a win after his team failed to win both their previous two matches.
“We have dropped four points in the past two games, but we are now back to winning ways and I’m very happy with the three points,” he said.
In other matches, Ramblers  drew one-all against  Tigers on Wednesday, while on Saturday, SKW were held to a one-all draw by Blue Waters.
Mighty Gunners lost 2- 4 at home to African Stars; while Tura Magic upset Eleven Arrows on their home turf with a solitary goal.
There are only three changes on the log after the weekend’s results as Civics dropped two places to eighth, Eleven Arrows moved a place down to ninth while Tura Magic were the only climbers moving a massive three places from ninth to six place.