Archive - Jan 2009 - Story
Rudolph Bester gave a great performance as he inspired Eleven Arrows to a 4-1 victory against Ramblers in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon. Bester scored two of the goals, and created numerous more chances, as his quicksilver pace was just too hot to handle for the Ramblers defence.
Bester, Donovan Swartz and Muna and Tara Katupose put Ramblers under pressure with their strong attacks from the start and could have scored at least three goals within the first 30 minutes.
Civics lost ground on the log leaders when they lost 2-0 to Tigers at the Khomasdal Stadium on Friday night.
Tigers’ young striker Samuel Goagoseb made a great debut when he opened the scoring on 28 minutes, while Civics’ hopes of a comeback were dashed when Franklin April was sent off for a rough tackle on 53 minutes and three minutes later Kenny Malgas scored Tigers’ second goal after a defensive mix-up.
Defending champions Orlando Pirates face a difficult away match to Oshakati City on Saturday, which they will have to win to stay in touch with the surprise early leaders Cymot SKW. SKW beat Black Africa 1-0 on Wednesday to give new coaching duo Rolf Beiter and Lucky Kakuva a winning start after Richard Starke resigned earlier in the week due to ill health.
The win has put SKW four points clear at the top of the log and strengthened their title credentials, although Beiter was quick to douse expectations.
Namibia’s young off spinner Bernard Scholtz made a late breakthrough when he dismissed Northerns captain James Mokonyama for 60 just before the close of the first day’s play in their SAA Challenge match on Thursday. Mokonyama and Abram Ndlovu (22 not out) had swung the match Northerns’ way with a 77-run partnership, but Scholtz clean bowled Mokonyama to leave the visitors at 136/5 when rain brought a premature end to the first day’s play.
Cymot SKW's new coaching duo of Rolf Beiter and Lucky Kakuva got off to a winning start when they beat Black Africa 1-0 at the Khomasdal Stadium on Wednesday night. Striker Arend von Stryk scored the winner with a great header from a cross by Edwin Korukuve on 36 minutes which went over BA keeper Bongile Grootboom ‘s head, and just dipped under the crossbar.
BA had several chances to score themselves, but SKW defended superbly, with Ralph Ellinger and Sheldon du Plessis both clearing shots off the line.
Cymot SKW head coach Richard Starke has temporarily resigned due to health reasons.
In an email circulated to the media he said he wanted to put an end to rumours regarding his sudden resignation and that he had taken the step due to health reasons.
“I have temporarily resigned as coach as I am unable to fit in my coaching duties with my work schedule, so much so, that this has affected my health."
Black Africa host log leaders Cymot SKW at the Khomasdal Stadium on Wednesday night hoping to continue their winning form under new coach Tollie van Wyk.
Van Wyk took over from Ronnie Kanalaelo who departed for Maritzburg United in December and got off to a winning start with a 2-0 win against Hotspurs on January 16.
Opening batsman Stefan Swanepoel makes a return to the Namibian team for this weekend’s SAA Cup match against Northerns, after an absence of more than a year. Swanepoel, who was a regular opening batsman for Namibia, had been unavailable for selection due to work commitments for the whole of last year, but with the World Cup qualifiers coming up in April, Swanepoel has now returned to the game.
Over the weekend he made a good impression at the national trials, scoring 25 from 39 balls on Saturday and then scoring 26 from 57 balls on Sunday.
National cricket trials were held over the weekend as the selectors intensified their search for the final 15 players to represent Namibia at the Cricket World Cup qualifiers which take place in South Africa in April. Two invitational teams played each other in two limited overs matches on Saturday and Sunday and although both matches were disrupted by rain, there were some good performances on both sides.
On Saturday, a Danie Keulder Invitational team batted first, with captain Craig Williams top scoring with 37 runs from 51 balls.
Pirates and Ramblers drew 1-all in a Premier League match at the Khomasdal Stadium on Sunday. In a rather lacklustre match, Pirates dominated the first half but failed to find the net. With Johannes Seibeb and Klaas Blom in fine form in midfield, chances came their way and Mekondjo Tobias and Blom came close to scoring in the early stages.
John Samson was also a handful for Ramblers’ defence, while Samuel Urikhob, who replaced Brazilian striker Leandro after only 36m, put in some strong runs down the left.