19 Nov 2017 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 NOV (NAMPA) Mighty Gunners defeated defending league champions Tigers by two goals to one in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) encounter played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday evening, amid late controversy.
A weak shot by Gustav Image Isaak somehow managed to slip through the hands of Gunners goalie Tomwell Damaseb midway through the first half to give Tigers an early one nil lead.
Gunners then upped the tempo in the second half and scored two goals through Asser Hara-Ramseb and Edmond April to lead by two goals to one leading into injury time of the game.
With Tigers piling on the pressure searching for a win, Ferdinand Karongee then won an injury time penalty for his team.
Rodger Katjiteo took the responsibility and sent Damaseb the wrong way, but his effort was denied by the referee, Jonas Shongedhi.
Katjiteo was adjudged to have broken his movement as he took the penalty, leading to Shongedhi cautioning him and awarding a free kick to Gunners.
The late sequence of events proved decisive as Gunners handed Tigers their second defeat of the season.
Gunners coach Gebhardt Washa-Washa Hengari said his teams superior fitness helped them win the game.
We came to Windhoek to collect six points, we have collected three so far. My boys are fit for the game against Tura Magic on Sunday, he said.
He added that his boys had followed his instructions to attack Tigers using the flanks.
Tigers Lucky Kakuva said they had lost a game which they controlled well.
We were not aggressive to convert our opportunities in the first half and earlier in the second half. Our replacements did not take our game to the next level. We lost our shape in the second half and that brought Gunners into the match, he said.
Tigers will face Rundu Chiefs at UNAM Stadium on Sunday at 15h00, while Gunners face Tura Magic at SKW Stadium at the same time.
Below are the complete results of the NPL matches played on Saturday
Tura Magic 2-1 Rundu Chiefs
Civics 0-1 Chief Santos
African Stars 3-1 Young Chiefs
Life Fighters 0-0 Young African
Eleven Arrows 0-2 Citizen
Blue Waters 1-1 UNAM
Tigers 1-2 Mighty Gunners