Tigers' woes continue

01 Dec 2017 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – Tigers Football Club’s woes continued on Thursday night as they were defeated two goals to one by a youthful Tura Magic Football Club in a Namibia Premier League (NPL) clash at Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Goals by Teberius Lombard and Philipus Junius either side of the half time break saw Tura Magic go on top of NPL table.
It was also a day of redemption for Tura Magic who lost six goals to two against Blue Waters at Kuisebmund Stadium in their last fixture, where three of their players were sent off, with first choice goalkeeper, Mervin Kasetura, sustaining an injury.
Magic dominated the entire match with their hard running football which kept the Tigers defence busy the entire evening.
Lombard headed Magic in front midway through the first half from a corner after ‘Ingwe’ defenders failed to clear.
Junius then outpaced a static Tigers defence early in the second half to clinically chip over Tigers’ goalkeeper, David Peterson.
Magic was missing the services of several senior players such as Okeri Maekopo, Papi Kavazembi and Itamunua Keimuine were sent off last week, while Petrus Shitembi and Charles Hambira were out through injuries.
Lucky Kakuva, Tigers’ Coach told Nampa after the game that it was a disappointing result for his team.
“There is no effort from the team. I am not sure what it is and maybe it is a mental challenge. The players don’t fight in the field, there is no energy, no confidence, no cohesion, we have to do something that we have not done before so as to regroup as a team,” he said.
He said his side has lost nine points within a week and that was not a good sign for the defending champions.
Magic Coach, James Britz was full of praise for his team, saying the young boys he used have shown that they deserve to be in the team.
“Losing six or seven senior team players is not good for any coach but the youngsters came in and proved that they can keep the senior players out of this team. It is a welcome headache for me,” he said.
Britz said he will continue to encourage the young players to compete for positions with their more senior counterparts.
With Thursday’s win, Tura Magic now top the NPL table with 28 points, two ahead of African Stars who play Civics at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday evening.