Okahandja holds Magic to goalless draw

12 Jan 2019 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 12 JAN (NAMPA) – Tura Magic Football Club were held to goalless draw by new boys Okahandja United in a round MTC Namibia Premier (NPL) League match played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday evening.

In a game of two halves, Magic started off brightly with Captain Oswaldo Xamseb shooting wide as early as the fourth minute.

Magic striker Junius Theophilus miscontrolled a great pass from Baloyi Tsandib with only the keeper to beat in the eighth minute, before heading the ball wide two minutes later.

Theophilus then turned provider when he made a great solo run on the right flank before squaring the ball for the on-rushing David Omseb, whose snap shot hit the side netting.

Okahandja created a few chances of their own, with Lorenzo Madjiedt shooting over the crossbar following a mistake by Tsandib in the 20th minute.

The move was replicated by his teammate Uaondjavure Nakambare 10 minutes later, with his effort going wildly over the bar following a pass from Captain Marco van Wyk, to leave the teams tied goalless at halftime.

The second half saw a much-improved performance by Okahandja following the introduction of Gerland Kaengurora.

He added pace to his side’s attack, causing all sorts of trouble for left back Tsandib, who was eventually red carded in the 77th minute for two yellow cards.

With the one-man advantage, Okahandja pushed forward, sensing a win, and had the ball cleared off the line by Erasmus Ikeinge in the 80th minute, before Innocent Tembo headed over from a free kick three minutes later.

The last piece of action saw Joseph Kuugongelwa shooting wide as Magic seemed content to play defensive football for the latter stages of the match.

The draw sees the two teams retaining their league positions, with Magic still seventh with 10 points after eight matches and Okahandja remain at position 14 with five points from eight matches.