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Civics in slow season start

FORMER Namibia Premier League (NPL) triple champions Civics started their campaign with a 2-1 loss to Orlando Pirates in the opening match of the season at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last Friday night.

A late goal by midfield dynamo Heini Isaacs could not bring the Civilians back into the game, as Pirates led 2-0 after the break. Goals by Lucky Kooper and Klaas Blom gave the Buccaneers the edge just after the break as they managed to hold on till the end, despite persistent threats by Civics.

Despite the slow start, the Civics aims for greater heights this season, after coming from the back in another slow start, to end in the top five last season.

With new coach Ali Akan who moved from Ramblers this season at the helm, the side boast a host of new, young but talented players. Akan has been given a chance by club chairman Helmuth Scharnowski to take charge of the team, who (Scharnowski) in turn aims to bring back the glory days to the side.

Civics is known for its quick, short and precise passes in their offensive play and Scharnowski has made it clear that the new acquisitions, including the coach must bring some silverware to the club this season. Civics next meet main rivals Ramblers away in Windhoek's Pionierspark and Akan will have no choice, but to bury his former side in a bid to record his first victory for the season.

Ramblers looked impressive in attack at the weekend, after brushing aside visitors and league newcomers Blue Boys 3-0. See full MTC Premiership results on the 'Results' section on this website.

MTC Table, Season 2012/13
R TeamPldPts
1 Black Africa1840
2 African Stars1839
3 Orlando Pirates1830
4 Tigers1929
5 Ramblers1926
6 Civics1821
7 Blue Waters1821
8 Eleven Arrows1820
9 Tura Magic1820
10 SK Windhoek1819
11 Mighty Gunners1816
12 Rundu Chiefs1815
Complete Table ( FiFa.com )

Season 2012/13:

Round 18

April 13
Civics 1:1 Mighty Gunners
Blue Waters 1:1 Black Africa
SK Windhoek 1:3 Tigers
Rundu Chiefs 2:3 Eleven Arrows

April 12
African Stars 4:2 Tura Magic

April 10
Orlando Pirates 2:1 Ramblers

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