Impressive Ramblers chase double
The Windhoek-based team endowed with talent, skill and discipline are today rubbing shoulders against old foe Marathon Sugar Chiefs Santos in the MTC/NFA Cup quarter-final encounter at Oshakati Independence Stadium in the North. Ramblers have taken this season by storm as they are also garnering for the coveted Premier League title, to the surprise of many. Their challengers in the MTC cup are minnows Chiefs Santos who are on the opposite side of the league table and with chances of kissing the R$40m league goodbye. Statistics on the Premier league front dictate that Chiefs Santos stands a daunting task of overcoming the well-equipped Windhoek Optics Ramblers. Though Chiefs Santos defeated third-placed coastal-giant Blue Waters last weekend, Ramblers is totally a different kettle of fish that could be deadlier to the copper-town boys. As the league is in temporary recess this week, it is Rambler’s all round sterling performances that is a marvel to watch both in money games and in the league. The 2005 NFA Cup winners have all the armour at their disposal. Led by Liberian front man, Samson John, Ramblers have netted 42 times in the league, three shy of log leaders Civics. Attack has been the best from of defence for Ramblers and the triangular attacking system of Gerson Keister, Naka Shimwino and John has helped the defence formation, losing only three matches in 17 outings. A clash with either arch rivals Civics or Orlando Pirates is beckoning for the Windhoek side after this weekend in the MTC NFA Cup. Already, Ramblers has downed Pirates 2-1 in the league. The performance of Ramblers has stalled Buschschule Civics’ hopes of retaining the Namibia Mobile Telecommunication (MTC) Namibia Premier League (NPL) title. With just five matches remaining for most of the teams, Civics are leading the log with 40 points while close contender Ramblers are breathing down their necks with 38 points after both teams played 17 matches each. Closing in from behind is Shepherd Murape’s Blue Waters in third place with 31 points and Black Africa in fourth place with 24 points. African Stars are fifth with 24 points while Tigers are in sixth place, also with 24 points. Orlando Pirates are seventh with 23 points followed by Oshakati-based outfit Oshakati City with 21 points. Eleven Arrows is seated ninth with 19 points followed by Touch and Go with 14 points. Tsumeb-based Chiefs Santos have only collected 12 points from all their matches and are in 11th place, just above SKW who are at the foot of the table with 10 points after 17 matches.