Mighty Gunners in cloud nine ….As army side climbs to second

11 January 2019 Author   Michael Uugwanga
The Otjiwarongo based Namibia Premier League (NPL) club, Mighty Gunners, are flying high as they currently sit joint top of the log standings alongside Black Africa.
Both teams have collected 16 points from seven matches and BA are only number one because of a superior goal difference over the army side.
BA have a goal difference of plus nine compared to Gunners’ eight.
Citizens are surprisingly third on the log with 11 points from the eight matches they have played.
While it is still early days to talk about which team will win the league title at the end of the season, one can never rule out the Otjiwarongo-based club.
Mighty Gunners coach, Gerhardt Hengari, however, refuses to be carried away by his side’s good start to the season.
In a recent interview with the Windhoek Observer Hengari said it is still early days to talk about them winning the league title. 
“I am of course surprised to see the big boys being where they are in the league. The big boys are in some unfamiliar positions and I am quite sure that they will recover very soon,” he said. 
Hengari, however, admitted that his players are eager to do better than last season when they finished in third position on the log behind champions African Stars and Black Africa.
“The players are tired of getting silver medals and they want to win gold medals,” he said.
He attributed his team’s good run of form to consistency in team selection and player discipline.
“The reason why we are doing so well is because we have managed to keep most if not all the players from last season and players also do come on time at training,” Hengari said.
Champions Stars and Orlando Pirates have struggled to hit the ground running which is good news to the minnows like Gunners and Citizens in the title race.
Stars are languishing in 12th place with six points from four matches as most of their matches were postponed due to their participation in the CAF Champions League where they were knocked out by Orlando Pirates of South Africa in December.
Tigers, who won the league title at the end of the 2015/2016 season, find themselves in 5th position with 10 points from seven matches, while Orlando Pirates, who last won the league title in 2008, are second from bottom on four points from six matches.
Stars have tasted two defeats so far, a 1-0 loss to Eleven Arrows on 18 November before they were thumped 5-1 by Black Africa on 9 December which cost their former coach, Robert ‘Baggio’ Nauseb, his job.
Nauseb was replaced by Bobby Samaria, who guided Stars to the league title last season.
Tigers have lost only once, in a 2-1 defeat to Mighty Gunners on 15 December 2018, but their biggest problem is that they are struggling to win matches after drawing four times. 
Mighty Gunners are also joint top scorers in the league with 13 goals, the same number of goals scored by Citizens, who have 11 points.
Meanwhile, Mighty Gunners will renew their rivalry with fellow Otjiwarongo-based outfit, Life Fighters, at the Mokati Stadium this Friday.
Life Fighters are playing in their second season in the top flight league after many years in the lower division.
They are currently sitting in seventh place with eight points from six matches.


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