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No one to challenge BA's title surge


by John Tuerijama
Sports

Perhaps MTC should start printing the N$1m cheque in Black Africa’s name, halfway through the premiership.
This, after Brian Isaacs’ charges discharged a hapless Civics 2-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, thanks to Denzyl Haobeb and in form Eslin Kamuhanga.
At the moment, there seems to be no competition from second-placed SKW and third-placed but unimpressive Tigers. There is a 10-point gap between the defending champions and the nearest teams to the title while sworn enemy, Orlando Pirates are lavishing just below mid table.
Midfield sensation Haobeb’s long-range shot found the back of the net 15 yards away from Civics’ goalpost beating hapless Esau Tjiuoro in the 37th minute while Kamuhanga’s gem of a goal ensured BA’s comfortable 29 points on the summit, as second-placed SKW wilted 0-2 at the hands of the uniformed boys; Mighty Gunners in Otjiwarongo.
Struggling Tigers in third place are not serious contenders after playing to a goalless draw against equally faceless African Stars in fourth position at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Both SKW and Tigers are on 19 points with African Stars in fourth position on 18 points.
With the first leg having come to an end on Saturday, BA won nine, drew two and recorded and suffered no defeat.
Last season, the Ranga Haikali sponsored side won the premiership with 45 points after having recorded 14 wins, three draws and five loses while runners-up Ramblers had 35 points after a win of 10 matches, five draws and seven loses.
There is clearly no team within the top five bracket capable of unseating Black Africa not only because of the points earned but also the quality of football exhibited.
In fact, Tigers and African Stars’ match drew no crowd, a huge sign of fans losing faith in the standard of play. Except BA, all teams now seem to be fighting to stay at the top flight league than winning the title.
Fifth-placed Ramblers did nothing to defend themselves in their own backyard as Orlando Pirates (8th) gave them a 3-1 hiding, which left Ramblers on 17 points.