Blue Waters beat cross-town rivals Eleven Arrows 1-0 in a hard fought derby at Kuisebmond Stadium on Sunday to move up to fourth position on the log and within striking distance of the leaders.
Blue Waters midfielder Wycliffe Kambonde scored the only goal after about 15m and although Arrows attacked relentlessly in the second half, they could not break down the Birds’ defence.
The victory saw Blue Waters moving up to fourth position on 20 points – now only four points behind log leaders African Stars.
Arrows remain in a disappointing eighth position which will further increase the pressure on their beleaguered coach Ronie Kanalelo.
Civics’ recent revival continued on Saturday when they thrashed United Stars 7-2 in Grootfontein. Civics started like a house on fire, with a first half goal blitz, as they streaked into a 5-1 lead at the break.
Civics’ goal scorers were Pineas Jacobs (2), Bradley Werman (2), Heini Isaacks, Eslin Kamuhanga and Rudi Jacobs, while Pius Muronga and Alfeus Ngwezi replied for United Stars.
Ramblers also started impressively against Oshakati City as James Nailonga gave them the lead barely a minute after the start.
Oshakati City however fought back strongly and equalised through Paulus Nangolo on 59m to collect an important point on the road.
With the MTC Premiership now at the halfway mark, defending champions African Stars lead the log on 24 points, just ahead of Orlando Pirates on goal difference, while Black Africa are third, two points behind.
The league will go into recess for the festive season, while the second round is set to resume on January 20, 2010.