Katupose twins to clash

Double trouble in tonight's NPL thriller

23 January 2019 | Sports

The Sam Nujoma Stadium will tonight see twins Tara and Muna Katupose clash for the first time in the Namibia Premier league (NPL) since they started their football careers.

The Katupose twins have always played alongside each other at Epupa 11 Stars, Oshakati City, Eleven Arrows, African Stars, Black Africa and Unam, while bringing that dynamic twin power.

But now for the first time since they joined the NPL they will be in opposing teams.

Tara will play for Unam FC, while Muna will don the colours of the defending NPL champions, African Stars FC.

“The first time we faced each other was back in the day in the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan) Games. He was playing for Teachers College, now Unam Khomasdal Campus, and I was with the Valombola Vocational Training Centre. Since then we have never played against each other, so it has been about 10 years,” said Tara.

“He knows what will happen. They have good players on paper, but we can play football, and he knows that I will score and beat Tigers,” Tara said with a chuckle.

Muna on the other hand said it will be an emotional match.

“I don't want to lose against my former club so I'm looking forward to the match and for sure we will win,” he said.

Tigers captain Rehabeam Mbango shared Muna's sentiments, agreeing that it will be an emotional occasion.

“The twins have always been on the same side of war; now they are separated. It's evident that they would want to outplay each other and emerge victorious. The former teammates will definitely want to prove a point against each other.

“It will be a gun-blazer because Unam's current coach Woody Jacobs is our former head coach. He knows a thing or two about us but we will surprise him and show him that we also have a great mentor and coach in Mervin Mbakera,” Mbango said.

“Mbakera used to assist Unam's former head coach Ronny Kanalelo, so it's a battle of the formers.”

Mbango urged fans to come in their droves to support them.

“I want the fans staying in Shandumbala location to dress up in blue and come see us play, it's one of those matches you can't miss,” he said. Unam captain Heini Isaacks said due to last weekend's match results, most fans will support Tigers as they failed to collect points. “We have struggled with results, but today the fans will see a different and eager Unam team.”

He added that he knows both Tara and Muna very well. “They are competitors with a win-or-die attitude, but in this case I'm behind my teammate, Tara,” Isaacks said.

Tigers are currently in fifth spot on the NPL table with 13 points, while Unam occupy 11th spot on the log with seven points.

LIMBA MUPETAMI