10 Nov 2018 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) Katutura-based youthful outfit Tura Magic lived up to their giant killers status as they beat Orlando Pirates 3-1 in the opening match of the 2018/19 Namibia Premier League season on Friday night.
The league opener was played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and Tura Magic outclassed one of the biggest clubs in the country to win their first match of the season in style.
It took just 25 minutes for Tura Magic new signing Salomon Omseb to open the score line with a volley that was too fast for Pirates goalkeeper Donovan Gaimub.
Despite taking the lead, Tura Magic continued with the one touch football which Pirates could not match on the night. The first half ended 1-0.
In the second half the youthful team continued where they left off, dominating possession and Omseb once again found the back of the net after a brilliant cross from Larry Horaeb found him in the boxer and his powerful header left Gaimub in no mans land.
Pirates managed to pull a goal back in the 76th minute after Jay-Jay Kordom was brought down in the box and referee Jackson Pavaza pointed to the penalty spot. Meraai Swartbooi made no mistake from the spot.
Kaejarukapo Katjimune of Tura Magic scored his teams last goal of the match in the 90th minute which made the youthful team the first outfit to win a game in the 2018/19 NPL season.
Speaking to the media after the match, Tura Magic assistant coach Fortune Eichab said winning their opening match of the season shows that their preparation was not for nothing.
The coach (Mohammed Gargo) likes playing one touch football which is the style of football I also support and really worked for the boys, we are ready to compete in the league this season, he said.
Eichab added that their aim at the moment is to play well with no intention to win the league.
We will leave the league fights to the big boys in the league, because our goal this season is to play good football and upset whoever comes our way as we fight to maintain our premier league status, said Eichab.