Stars coach knows stakes are high against Sundowns

24 Jul 2015 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit African Stars reached the final of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup for the second time in a row after defeating Julinho Sporting on penalties here Thursday evening.
The tournament is being hosted for the second time after its inaugural event in 2014 when it was won by Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa.
Before the half-time break, brilliant play from Dennis Tjetjinda on the right wing and a Marai Swartbooi header handed Stars their opener.
But their lead did not last long - just 10 minutes before the half-time break Salom David Omseb beat the Stars’ defence to head-in the equaliser from a corner kick.
The half-time score was 1-1.
In the second half, both teams gave it their best but the score remained the same.
The penalty shoot-out saw Stars’ captain Pat-Nevin Uanivi and Julinho’s Macauly Tsanib failing to convert from the spot and this led to a 'sudden death' shoot-out.
Julinho’s Risto Makuti kicked his penalty shot wide, and handed Stars the victory.
Stars will again meet Mamelodi Sundowns, which defeated Primeiro de Agosto from Angola 5-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1, also on Thursday evening.
The final is scheduled for Saturday at the Independence Stadium.
Speaking to Nampa after the game, Stars coach Woody Jacobs said they are prepared to keep the Dr Hage Geingob trophy at home.
“We know what is at stake right now. We have played Sundowns before and I am hopeful that when we meet this time around the boys will rise to the occasion and make us proud.
“I know we did not perform well against Julinho but when we take on Sundowns who are a bigger team, the players’ belief and courage will definitely show on Saturday to be crowned champions of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup,” said Jacobs.
A curtain raiser between former Brave Warriors players and a national media team at 13h00 will kick off the day's activities on Saturday.
Julinho and Primeiro de Agosto will play for the third place, before African Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns play in the final.
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