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BA reaches top; Tigers and Stars thumped

Mon, 10 March 2014 01:59
by Michael Uugwanga

Defending MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions, Black Africa, went top of the table for the first time this season after an emphatic 2-1 win over United Stars on Saturday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
BA’s goals were scored by the Katupose twins, after Stars had gone ahead in the seventh minute through Alfeaus Ngueza’s goal.
Tara Katupose scored BA’s opener in the 41st minute, before his twin partner Muna Katupose’s winner in the 66th minute, to seal victory that sent BA to the top after Tigers and African Stars found themselves at the receiving ends against Blue Waters and Tura Magic, respectively.
Tigers who had been at the top of the log since the opening day of the season until their match against Blue Waters at the Sam Nujoma Stadium were surprisingly defeated 3-2, a day after second placed African Stars got hammered 3-1 by Magic.
Stars’ defeat saw them occupy third position together with Orlando Pirates that defeated Eleven Arrows 2-1 in Walvis Bay with 23 points.
Blue Waters opened the score through Manfred Kazondume in the 14th minute but Tigers managed to equalise that in the 23rd minute through Petrus Naftali.
Blue Waters then went ahead again in the 48th minute, thanks to the league’s leading top goal-scorer, Hendrik Somaeb’s seventh goal of the season.
Tigers, again, equalised in the 85th minute through Absalom Limbondi before Blue Waters striker, Dominic Edom’s header in the 90th minute to knockoff Tigers from the top with nine games left.
It was sweet revenge for Blue Waters that had been knocked out in the Bidvest Namibia Cup by Tigers a fortnight ago.
BA and Tigers are joint top on 25 points but BA have a superior goal difference of nine to Tigers’ eight.
On Friday night, African Stars were taught a football lesson by Magic in front of their noisy supporters who left the stadium before the final whistle, out of frustration.
Papi Kavezembi, Itamunua Keimuine and Neville Tjiueza scored for Magic, while Stars’ Ninja Karonge scored the only goal for his side that had suffered their first defeat in the league since November 23rd last year, when they were also defeated 3-1 by Blue Waters.
Meanwhile, Rundu Chiefs remain at the bottom of the log after suffering defeat at the hands of Blue Boys in Rundu with a 2-1 score.
In another match played last Thursday, Ramblers and Civics finished with a 1-1 all draw.