African Stars book third Bidvest semi-finals

29 Mar 2015 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAR (NAMPA) – Two-times Bidvest Namibia Cup winners African Stars Football Club (FC) booked their third successive semi-final appearance after beating Young Chiefs at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking to the media after the game, Stars’ coach Woody Jacobs said Young Chiefs gave them a run for their money.
“I am happy we are through to the next round of the competition but credit should be given to Young Chiefs who came prepared to play us today. I am proud that with such a performance fans enjoyed the game, as we don’t want to see the other team winning 26-0 but we want competitive football just like what happened today,” said Jacobs.
Castro Nuujoma opened the scoring for Young Chiefs during a misunderstanding between Stars’ goalkeeper, Athiel Mbaha, and his defence.
Edwin Korokuve however equalised scores after he powerfully headed in Freedom Puriza’s left-wing corner, just two minutes before the half-time break.
Scoring goals did not stop there because in the 45th minute, Korokuve upped the game to 2-1 in favour of Stars when he bounced in a goal past Moses Niimengombe from another Puriza pass.
In the second half, Stars’ substitute Godwin Jena sealed the victory when he scored their third goal in the 88th minute.
Another game that was played in the Round of Eight at the same venue was last year’s finalist, Citizens, who lost 2-4 on penalties to coastal-based Eleven Arrows after drawing 1-1 in 90 minutes of football.
Citizen’s coach George Ochurub said his team did not play well in the first half of the game but the game was equal, as they only lost to penalties.
The semi-finals are scheduled for 24 to 26 April and the final match slated for 30 May at the same stadium.