REHOBOTH, 03 JUN – Ramblers on Saturday stopped the winning streak of Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) Inland Stream log leaders, Young Brazilians when they beat them 2-1.
The win, at Windhoek’s Ramblers Stadium, took Rammies as the team is also known, to six points after four matches played.
Young Brazilians, who suffered their first defeat of the season, started the game like a house on fire and took the lead through Reginald Vries, who converted a cross from the right wing to take the lead and make it 1-0.
Rammies tried to exert pressure on the log leaders without success as the first half ended with the visitors leading 1-0.
In the second half, Rammies coach Benedictus !Haoseb rang in the changes and hauled off Fanuel Paulinus for Deon April. The move paid off immediately as April levelled the score just after coming on to make it one-all.
Young Brazilians pushed to extend their lead but Ramblers’ midfield dictated matters in the middle of the park.
!Haoseb then made Ramblers’ second change, with Alvoro |Gôagoseb coming on for Ndake Hapulile.
Minutes later |Gôagoseb scored for Rammies to take the lead.
Ramblers decided to keep on attacking and the tactic paid off, with the match ending 2-1 in their favour.
!Haoseb said after the match that they knew Young Brazilians were fired up and his team planned for the game accordingly.
“Young Brazilians has ever since I started coaching Ramblers beaten us home and away in the past and we decided to use the 4-3-3 formation to neutralise their wing play and smother the supply in midfield. We did not stop attacking after scoring our second goal and that gave them no choice, but to defend,” he said.
In other Inland matches played on the same day, Rebels in the shock of the weekend defeated Try Again 2-0, while the constantly improving Windhoek United deepened the misery of relegation candidates Sport Klub Windhoek with a 2-1 victory.
Meanwhile in the Coastal Stream, PC Blue Boys and Western Spurs played out to a one-all draw, while Spoilers were held to a goalless draw by Khomas Namibian Police Force Football Club.