03 Mar 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 MAR (NAMPA) Black Africa (BA) Football Club (FC) had to dig deep to beat a spirited Citizens FC by three goals to two in an exciting match at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday evening.
BA enjoyed an early start dominating possession and were duly awarded when on form striker Derl Goagoseb finished off a move involving veteran striker Jerome Luis and Wendell Rudath in the fifth minute of the match.
Citizens suffered another setback when BA captain Dynamo Fredericks won possession deep in his half and drove through the Citizens midfield with power and pace.
He then played a one two with Natangwe Petrus before chipping the ball over a badly positioned Jonas Matheus, in goal for Citizens to make it two nil on the sixth minute.
Citizens then started troubling BA with their direct play.
They were duly rewarded when Captain Rinouzeu Tjitemisa scrambled in his sides first goal of the match after BA failed to clear the ball out of their 18-yard box following a long throw in from the right.
Another set piece came to haunt BA as they again failed to deal decisively with a corner kick, and Roberto Rugam capitalised to equalise for his club in the first half.
The second half started with Citizens sitting back and allowing BA to dominate possession, with Goagoseb missing an open goal following across from Rudath.
Rudath refused to be outshined by his strike partner and after missing two glittering chances, scored the winner with a beautiful free kick in the 73rd minute.
Citizens coach George Ochurub took the blame for his teams defeat saying they had made wrong changes in the second half.
One of our players decided not to follow our instructions, so we decided to pull him off and that was our downfall. He was a key player for us. I am happy though with the teams performance and use of set pieces to hurt opponents, he said.
BA coach Lucky Richter, who let his newly appointed assistant coach Alfred Ndyenge bark instructions from the touch line, said his team played well and deserved to win.
I am disappointed that they dominated us on all set pieces while we were taller than them. Credit must go to them for coming out to play, he added.
Citizens travel to Gobabis on Sunday to face Young African while BA face Unam at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday evening.