Civics start in commanding form

Civics start in commanding form

BUSCHSCHULE Civics remained at the summit of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) table on Saturday after their strikers sent six goals past a hapless Touch & Go side in one of the first season-opening matches at the Independence Stadium.

Civics won 6-1. At the same venue, United Africa Tigers recorded an important 3-2 win over Windhoek Optics Ramblers, while at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay, Blue Waters overcame their coastal rival Konica Minolta Eleven Arrows with a 2-0 win.At Tsumeb, Marathon Sugar Chief Santos went down 2-1 in front of their home crowd at the Oscar Norich Stadium against Fysal Oshakati City.Civics were in commanding form and turned the encounter into some sort of a practice match as Heinrich Isaacs and Rudi Louw both scored once, while the busy William Chilufya struck twice, as was the case with strongman Brian Brendel who joined the team from now-relegated Friends.Civics on Saturday led the log with their six goals as the difference on the day, while Tigers go into second with their three goals, with Oshakati City and Blue Waters in third and fourth respectively.The Otavi-based side struggled defensively and were constantly on the back-foot as they failed to contain the powerful Civics midfield, which boasted with the likes of Louw and new signee Patrick Jagger.Jagger joined the ‘Civilians’ from Pirates after he previously spent a season with Ramblers.For Tigers, new entrant to the Ingweinyama fold, Pineas Jakob was on target in his premiership debut with a wonderful strike from outside the box to send his team into the lead.Bernard Mbilizi or Ramblers equalised for the Rammies before Stanley Kwambi made it two.Likius Hafeni equalised for Ramblers to send the sides into a 2-2 half-time score.After the break, Nelson Akwenye made the difference with his well-taken low-flying shot after sweet one-two passes with Letu Shatimwene, leaving Rammies goalkeeper Esau Tjiuoro nowhere near it.At Tsumeb, Nelson Geingob missed a penalty that could have put his side ahead in the 12th minute as it hit the corner of the upright and the crossbar.Timoteus Ipinge instead opened the scoring for Oshakati City, while Tangeni Neshidingwa added the second to lead 2-0.Just minutes before the end, Santos were awarded a penalty, which City coach Bafana Subeb argues was controversial.Geingob once again stepped up to the task and this time finished it off, but his side bowed to the northerners who also struggled in the premiership last season.Subeb told The Namibian Sport yesterday that referee Christof Dausab was inconsistent in most of his rulings on the day, but was happy with the win for his side.Mekondjo Tobias was the man on target for the first goal of Blue Waters at the coast, with Knowledge Ipinge netting the second one, leaving Arrows with two consecutive loses against the ‘Beautiful Birds’.Blue Waters also beat Arrows in a semi-final match of the Humphries Security Cup recently.There won’t be any premiership matches this weekend, as the FNB Cup will be played at Walvis Bay and Oshakati.At the same venue, United Africa Tigers recorded an important 3-2 win over Windhoek Optics Ramblers, while at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay, Blue Waters overcame their coastal rival Konica Minolta Eleven Arrows with a 2-0 win.At Tsumeb, Marathon Sugar Chief Santos went down 2-1 in front of their home crowd at the Oscar Norich Stadium against Fysal Oshakati City.Civics were in commanding form and turned the encounter into some sort of a practice match as Heinrich Isaacs and Rudi Louw both scored once, while the busy William Chilufya struck twice, as was the case with strongman Brian Brendel who joined the team from now-relegated Friends.Civics on Saturday led the log with their six goals as the difference on the day, while Tigers go into second with their three goals, with Oshakati City and Blue Waters in third and fourth respectively.The Otavi-based side struggled defensively and were constantly on the back-foot as they failed to contain the powerful Civics midfield, which boasted with the likes of Louw and new signee Patrick Jagger.Jagger joined the ‘Civilians’ from Pirates after he previously spent a season with Ramblers.For Tigers, new entrant to the Ingweinyama fold, Pineas Jakob was on target in his premiership debut with a wonderful strike from outside the box to send his team into the lead.Bernard Mbilizi or Ramblers equalised for the Rammies before Stanley Kwambi made it two.Likius Hafeni equalised for Ramblers to send the sides into a 2-2 half-time score.After the break, Nelson Akwenye made the difference with his well-taken low-flying shot after sweet one-two passes with Letu Shatimwene, leaving Rammies goalkeeper Esau Tjiuoro nowhere near it.At Tsumeb, Nelson Geingob missed a penalty that could have put his side ahead in the 12th minute as it hit the corner of the upright and the crossbar.Timoteus Ipinge instead opened the scoring for Oshakati City, while Tangeni Neshidingwa added the second to lead 2-0.Just minutes before the end, Santos were awarded a penalty, which City coach Bafana Subeb argues was controversial.Geingob once again stepped up to the task and this time finished it off, but his side bowed to the northerners who also struggled in the premiership last season.Subeb told The Namibian Sport yesterday that referee Christof Dausab was inconsistent in most of his rulings on the day, but was happy with the win for his side.Mekondjo Tobias was the man on target for the first goal of Blue Waters at the coast, with Knowledge Ipinge netting the second one, leaving Arrows with two consecutive loses against the ‘Beautiful Birds’.Blue Waters also beat Arrows in a semi-final match of the Humphries Security Cup recently.There won’t be any premiership matches this weekend, as the FNB Cup will be played at Walvis Bay and Oshakati.

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