Blue Boys buoyed ahead of Pirates clash

12 Jan 2014 18:00


Rarely do newly-promoted premier league sides find their feat the way Swakopmund-based Blue Boys settled.
After losing their first premier league match to Tura Magic, the writing was on the wall for the coastal boys, from day one, but they twisted the form book and are now sitting on a pretty fifth place, two better than United Stars, who returned to the top flight after a two-year absence.
Ushered into the premiership by former Brave Warriors skipper, George Hummel, Blue Boys have become a toast of their debut season and need to avoid defeat against Orlando Pirates (a) and African Stars (h) to be certain of another stay in the top flight.
And that looks possible following the team’s one-all draw at home to champions, Black Africa, in their last game of 2013.
Blue Boys are yet to lose from the other coastal sides, beating Arrows 3-2 and holding Blue Waters at 1-1.
Only African Stars and Tigers have scored more goals than Blue Boys who have found the back of the net 12 times in nine outings.
Coach, Gerald Guther, took over from Hummel who guided the team to promotion last season.
Although Guther speaks highly of goalkeeper, Gernot Spath, whom he calls the Oliver Kahn of Namibian football, it is the new comers’ defence that has robbed the club of a top-three position this season, conceding 11 goals.
 “Indeed, we have to tighten up our back; it is not that we are being outplayed. No,” he says.
Andreas Falango and Simon Nekongo form the bedrock that has been porous and needs stability, while upfront Simon Nekongo, Abed Namukwambi and Jordan Haimbili are all on two goals each and have struck a rich vein of form.
With a crucial away-match to Pirates in the capital, the tie is just what the doctor ordered for Guther.
Adds Guther, “Our aim is not to fight relegation, rather it is to keep up with the big dogs. We have to keep up with the “Big 4” - African Stars, Orlando Pirates, Black Africa and Tigers.”
He tips Tigers to lift the title this season but pleads with Brave Warriors coach, Ricardo Mannetti, to consider selecting some of his players in the national team.
“There are about three more players who also deserve call-ups. They just have to keep working hard and the national coach will surely notice them,” he says.
But it is David versus Goliath duels, like the one on Saturday the 25th at Sam Nujoma stadium where stars can be born, and the ball is in Guther’s boys in blue, to prove to Mannetti.