26 Oct 2017 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) Tura Magic continued their good start of the 2017/18 Namibia Premier League with a 3-1 win over Black Africa (BA) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday.
Goals from Itamunua Keimuine and a double from Junius Theophilus saw stand-in coach James Britzs side maintain their unbeaten run this season and handing BA its first defeat since the league commenced on 21 October. Magic beat Citizens 1-0 on Sunday and drew one-all against UNAM on Saturday.
Magic dominated possession in the opening stanza of the game and were duly rewarded in the 20th minute when Punyu Ngaruka handled a goal-bound shot from right back Okeri Maekepo in the box.
The referee pointed to the spot, and national team striker Keimuine sent young BAs Virgil Namaseb the wrong way from 12 yards (penalty spot).
Magic made it 2-0 about 10 minutes later when Theophilus coolly finished a well worked move by the Magicians to take his team to a comfortable lead during the break.
In the second half, BA upped the tempo and forced Magic on the back foot, leading to the leaders conceding three free kicks within two minutes just outside their 18-yard box (penalty box).
BAs Emilio Martin capitalised from one of the free kicks when his shot squeezed through the legs of Marvin Kasetura, to reduce the deficit and give his side hopes of a comeback.
Magic surged further ahead when they scored from a counter-attack through Theophilus in the 60th minute.
BA were given a lifeline in the 66th minute when Maekepo handled in the box, but Immanuel Heita smashed his attempt against the upright post.
Britz paid tribute to his team, saying they executed their plan well.
We stopped BA from playing because we knew what their capabilities are if we allowed them to play their normal game. We are happy with the start of the season, two wins and a draw means we are leading the log, he said.
BA coach Arnold Subeb was gracious in defeat, saying Tura Magic came with a game plan to physically intimidate them and it worked.
The boys played according to the plan, but theirs was better than ours. My boys played with too much respect for their opponents, he said.
Tura Magic will play against Young African on Sunday in Gobabis, while BA face Tigers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium also on Sunday.