Tigers facing Sundowns in Dr Hage Geingob Cup final

07 Aug 2016 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – Reigning Namibian Premier League (NPL) champions Tigers Football Club will face current South African Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup on Sunday.
The match kicks off at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek at 16h00.
Tigers FC on Saturday beat fellow NPL side African Stars by one goal to nil in the first semi-final, with Gustav Isaak scoring the only goal of the match in the fourth minute of the game.
Bobby Samaria, African Stars coach was gracious in defeat, admitting that his side did not start well.
“I think we started very badly and conceded too early, from a set piece. Other than that I think the game went alright. This is a pre-season tournament and we’re still trying to find combinations. I am happy with the personnel at my disposal for the upcoming season and I’m happy with the fitness levels of the players,” he said.
Winning coach Brian Isaacks concurred with Samaria, saying the game gave him insight into his playing staff. “I am happy to be in the final as we played a difficult team. We scored in the first half and that helped us settle. The players got tired in the second half, but they kept fighting, it was an excellent performance. The balance is there in the team but I need an extra defender and extra striker. I look forward to playing in the final,” said Isaacks.
In the second semi-final match, Mamelodi Sundowns FC came back from a goal down to beat a struggling Orlando Pirates FC by three goals to one. Pirates scored in the first half through Tendai Ndoro. A half-time pep talk from coach Pitso Mosimane then inspired Sundowns to turn around the things with two quick goals from Antony Laffor and Brazilian defender Ricardo Nascimento deep into the second half.
Muhnsin Ertugal, the Pirates coach was not happy with the way his team lost, but admitted that Sundowns were a better team. “We did not play well, but there are a lot of things we can take from this game today. We conceded silly goals and we have to correct that,” said Ertugal.
Mosimane meanwhile was happy with the outcome of the game.
“I am happy with the team, we played well and dominated the match throughout. I am also happy that the young boys that we blended in today played well too. The future is bright for Sundowns,” he said.
Gates at the Independence Stadium open at 10h00 on Sunday with the first match starting at 12h00, followed by a third-place match between African Stars and Orlando Pirates at 14h00.
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