14 Aug 2016 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - African Stars and Tigers football clubs will battle it out in the final of the 2016 Standard Bank Super Cup on 10 September 2016.
The two teams also contested the 2015 final, which saw African Stars come out top.
Tigers qualified for the 2016 final as winners of the 2015/16 Mobile Telecommunications Limited/Namibia Premier League, while African Stars qualified after beating Tura Magic FC 1-0 in the semi-final of the competition at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Two semi-final playoff matches were played on Saturday and the winners then played another match to determine who will step up against Tigers.
Tura Magic beat Black Africa in the first semi-final playoff match 2-1, while African Stars beat a spirited Mighty Gunners 3-1 on penalties in the second semi-final playoff match.
The final playoff match between African Stars and Tura Magic was a physical affair. Tura Magic settled down first and created decent chances but failed to turn them into goals. With 33 minutes of the first half gone, an innocent looking cross evaded everyone in the box only to find the stocky Obrey Somaseb, whose looping header found the back of the net, beating the otherwise unconvincing Collin Ndjai in the goalposts.
With nothing to write home about, the first half ended with African Stars leading 1-0.
Both teams found themselves guilty of bad tackles in the second half, which was as physical as the first. Goal chances were far apart, and as the game neared the end, African Stars were happy to defend their lead and see the game out as lack of fitness started to show, especially with Tura Magic players.
Tura Magic Coach Paulus Shipanga was gracious in defeat as he lamented the lack of fitness in his players.
Stars deserved it, they were better than us fitness wise but we tried our best. A mistake from our goalkeeper and defender cost us that goal, otherwise it was a good day in the office for our boys, he said.
Shipanga noted that his team may need one or two players to beef up and challenge for the title this season.
Winning coach Bobby Samaria noted that the fitness levels of his players carried his team through.
The magicians are a physical team but we were fortunate to have played two very competitive games last week (in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup), so we matched them pound for pound. They gave us a tough match that could have gone either way, but we wanted it more and we got it. I am happy with the team and we are looking forward the final against Tigers, said Samaria.
The Standard Bank Super Cup final will be the 2016/17 football season opener.