18 Jan 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) A ten-manned Black Africa team salvaged a draw against Tura Magic in a round eight encounter of the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday night.
Both teams approached the match with a very physical mind-set as rough tackles flew in from all directions.
However, it was Magic who made a statement of intent on 2 minutes, with Romeo Kasume missing the target by millimetres from a powerful shot just outside the 18-yard area.
The Magic player also became the first recipient of a yellow card following a clumsy challenge on BA captain, Dynamo Fredericks six minutes later.
Fredericks then unleashed one of his trademark shots which was tipped over the bar by the ever improving Mervin Kasetura, before BA players claimed a penalty which was waved away by the lacklustre match official, Leston Nangombe.
National team and Magic striker, Junius Theophilus, then flashed his header wide in the 28th minute after a cross from Tjiveta Katjimune found him unattended in the penalty area.
Former Magic playe, Marco Somseb was then given a straight red card following a tackle on Katjimune in the 30th minute of the game.
The dismissal sparked a melee, leading to the dismissal of BA Assistant Coach, Arnold Subeb for decent.
The dismissal came after Nangombe consulted his fourth official, Jonas Kambonde.
With the match seemingly degenerating into a war rather than football match, BA captain Fredericks found his way into the referees book for dissent in the 38th minute before both teams went into the break tied at 0-0.
The second half started off well with the players toning down on their tackles and playing some attractive football following a pep talk from their respective coaches.
It was Magic who took the lead through Junius, who ran on to a through ball, took a touch and unleashed a powerful shot into corner of the net to put his side 1-0 up in the 54th minute.
Magics goal saw BA change their approach, bringing in Wendell Rudath and Sackaria Petrus for Fredricks and Derl Goagoseb in the 67th minute.
The move finally paid off in the 80th minute when Avihe Mbai headed in from the far post from a precision cross by Immanuel Heita.
Magic could have won the game at the death when Junias headed wide in the 87th minute while Kasume headed against the upright in the 89th minute.
The draw sees BA maintain their top spot on the log with 17 points and Magic remains seventh with 10 points.