Tigers ready to lay into rookies United
WINDHOEK – Following an enforced fortnight hiatus, MTC Premiership log leaders Tigers are cautious not to slip on a potential banana peel when the in-form Donkerhoek outfit welcome unpredictable league rookies United Stars, in the second of a double header at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Saturday 16h00.
Bobby Samaria’s charges have been flying high at the top of the country’s flagship league’s log table since the start of the current campaign and a likely comprehensive win against the league’s new kids on the block will put the Shadumbala Boys firmly in the driving seat and all but erase any doubts about their title credentials.
With free-scoring attacking midfielder Protasho Kabwe in a rich vein of form, United can expect a hostile reception from their more fancied hosts who have only tasted defeat once after 11 rounds of matches so far, but the country’s oldest football club can take solace from the fact that the loss came against fellow title contenders African Stars.
While there is saying that it’s not over until the fat lady sings, FNB Orlando Pirates’ inconsistency have certainly ruled them out as serious title contenders – leaving a three-horse race to be contested by defending champions Black Africa, Stars and Tigers.
In Zimbabwean import, Kabwe, Tigers boast one of the most gifted and polished midfielders in the business. A prolific goal scorer of note, Kabwe possesses that rare ability to win matches with one moment of individual brilliance as can be attested by his six-goal tally in the current term, certainly no mean feat for a midfielder.
The former Highlanders FC hard-galloping midfielder is joint top goal scorer in the MTC Premiership alongside LHU Blue Waters top marksman Hendrik ‘Balack’ Somaeb.
Coach-less Tura Magic are at home to PC Blue Boys in a mid-table clash in the first of a double header at the Independence Stadium on Saturday at 13h00. In other action, coastal giants Blue Waters play hosts to Ramblers at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay on Saturday at 16h00.
By Carlos Kambaekwa