African Stars defeat The Lions

10 Feb 2019 14:10pm
RUNDU, 10 FEB (NAMPA) – African Stars Football Club on Saturday gave Julinho Sporting FC a beating with the defending champions thrashing ‘The Lions’ 5-1 in the Namibia Premier League (NPL) match at Rundu.
The disappointed home fans saw much fancied Stars taking the lead in the opening minutes of the game.
Ibroihim Youssouf gave the visiting team the lead when he scored in 15 minutes.
African Stars controlled much of the play dominating possession from the onset.
Crispin Mbewe doubled the lead with a low cutting ball into the left bottom corner when Simon Musekwa sneaked a through ball pass the defence.
Half-time score was 2-0.
In the second half of the match, Stars came out strong showing their league defending champion status when Mbewe scored a brace in the 56th minute.
However, the home team pulled a rabbit out of the bag when their powerful and marauding striker, Almeida Fransisco rebounded a loose ball that was deflected by Stars’ goalkeeper in the 65th minute to make the score 3-1.
Into the 86th minute, substitute Roger Katjiteo made it 4-1 for the visitors when he slotted a powerful strike into the far bottom right corner.
To seal the game, Alfeus Handura scored in the 91st minute to make it 5-1.
After the match African Stars’ mentor, Bobby Samaria said the team travelled to Rundu to come collect three points which they did, but had in mind Julinho’s good form.
“We knew Julinho had a good run but my boys knew that Julinho is a new team that was recently promoted so there is no way they can challenge them,” said Samaria.
He added that the team’s experience from the champion’s league also helped a lot but the main plan was to capitalise on the first chances presented to it which it actually did.
Julinho’s coach, Nelson Luis said they conceded early goals due to a few mistakes and the guys dropped their heads and it was difficult for them to come back again.
“We also carried on making mistakes as we went forward,” said Luis.
The team still has two games in hand and will make sure to capitalise on the chances since its ambition is to finish in the top eight this season, he added.