African Stars win Bidvest Cup

08 Jun 2014 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) – Bidvest Namibia Cup defending champions African Stars Football Club (FC) won the cup for the second time in a row after a penalty shoot-out at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
African Stars won 3-2 after a penalty shoot-out against Southern Stream First Division winners Citizens FC.
They retained the trophy they won in the inaugural Bidvest Namibia Cup in 2013 after 120 minutes of football.
Stars could not break the Citizens defence lead by their captain Robert Gurirab who promised African Stars a run for their money at the last media conference held ahead of the Bidvest Namibia Cup finals.
The game ended 0-0 after extra time.
In an impressive penalty shootout, Citizens took the lead when their keeper Immanuel Immanuel saved Freedom Puriza’s shot, but things did not go their way as Stars immediately drew level when Rino Tjitemisa of Citizens and his teammate Charles Uirab shot wide to give Stars the upper hand of a 3-2 lead. Their celebrations were however put on hold when Stars captain Pat Uanivi’s shot hit the crossbar.
African Stars goalkeeper Max Mbaeva saved Henry Somseb’s shot to ensure the 3-2 victory.
After the game, Citizens FC coach George Ochurub told members of the media he was proud of his players, because they stuck to their game plan, and gave Stars a headache in front of goals.
“Today my players played according to instruction and with this display we are ready for the premier league next season. All we need to do now is just sign two or three players to stabilise some positions for the NPL,” stated Ochurub.
African Stars coach Woody Jacobs said Citizens FC were very resilient and hard nut to crack, adding that credit should be given to them for giving his side a run for their money. The coach also added that his players came to the table to reclaim the cup they won last year.
“It was a tough game, but at the moment we are happy. I don’t want take anything from the players, they should enjoy this moment as we still have the league to focus on next week,” said Jacobs.
African Stars received N.dollars 550 000, while Citizens received N.dollars 220 000 as the runners-up. The Man of the Match award went to Citizens defender Tjiwana Tjinotjiua.