Civics dominate against Ramblers 04.02.2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
The much anticipated top of the log clash between Civics and Ramblers turned out to be a bit disappointing as Civics totally outclassed Ramblers, with a one-sided 3-0 win.
Although Ramblers put up an early fight, Civics stepped up a gear and goals by Tugela Tuyeni, Dumisa Jantze and William Chilufya gave them a 3-0 lead at halftime.
The second half didn't deliver much excitement with Civics well in control and the game firmly wrapped up and Ramblers couldn't wrest the initiative back.
Civics looked sharper and hungrier, from the back where Donnely Nel, Jerry Matik and Ellington Tjirimuje kept it tight, to the front where William Chilufya once again impressed with his purposeful attacks.
What was also impressive was the fact that Civics were without four players called up for national duty, but their replacements all gave impressive performances. They included older players, seldom used these days, like Killian Kavari and Danny Chilufya, who both gave strong performances.
"Philosophy of structure and discipline"
Civics were in control and coach Helmuth Scharnowski was oozing confidence after the game.
"Ramblers were ahead in the first 15 minutes, but from there on we dominated the match. Our defence was very good and I thought Dumisa Jantze had an outstanding game in midfield," he said.
He said the team was hungry for success and that they had the right mentality.
"Our winning mentality comes from a philosophy of structure and discipline. And the players' confidence is now coming through in the big matches."
He said that he was responsible for this winning philosophy that has put Civics on a different professional level than other clubs in Namibia.
"I have instilled this philosophy since I took over at Civics in 2001. Several coaches have come and gone at Civics, but in the end they couldn't fit into this philosophy," he said.
Scharnowski said that there had been a lot of speculation about Civics' so-called demise after an indifferent start to the league which saw them losing to Black Africa.
"Now we are showing them and the truth is coming out. A champion team always stays positive," he said.
Scharnowski's confidence was infectious as fans congratulated him while the local media lined up for interviews.
Civics' manager Paul Stramis added that the team was ready for next weekend's Champions League match against Petro Atletico, while assistant coach Seun Stuurman said the professionalism at the club was infectious.
"Everything is taken care of to the last detail. At training the team is focused and disciplined, while the technical staff makes sure that our training pitch is even in a better condition than the match pitches we play on. It is a pleasure to be part of Civics," he said.