22 Feb 2019 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) Tigers progressed to the semi-finals of the 2019 Standard Bank Namibias Top 8 tournament via a 1-0 victory against the University of Namibia (UNAM) team at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday evening.
The match which was the first under the new tournament, started off lively in the first five minutes with Tigers creating the first chance of the match.
Mapenzi Muwanei crossed the ball for Llewelyn Stanley who blasted wide, before Willem Mwedihangas powerful shot was saved by the Tigers goalkeeper Emmanuel Emmanuel.
From there on, the match failed to live up to the expectations, as both teams got physical, and started misplacing passes.
The last piece of action from both teams saw Muna Katupose miss headers twice in the 45th minute while Tigers captain Absalom Iimbondi shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy to leave the two teams tied at 0-0 at halftime.
The second half was a different story as Tigers Rehabeam Mbange found himself with acres of space in the 50th minute but shot straight at Charles Uirab in goals for UNAM.
Iimbondi then missed another chance in the 53rd minute before Katuposes goal was ruled offside in the 54th minute.
UNAMs Edmund Kambanda also had a goal disallowed for offside in the 64th minute as both teams had a go at each other in search of the winning goal, which came in the 82nd minute.
Tigers won a corner which UNAM failed to clear and the ball fell to man of the match Stanley, whose rasping shot beat an unsighted Uirab to make it 1-0 for his team.
UNAM then threw everything into attack and Mwedihanga could have equalised for his team, but his shot from a free kick rattled the upright in the 90th minute.
With the win, Tigers now move into the semi-finals and await winners of the matches between Mighty Gunners and Tura Magic on Friday evening and Black Africa against Eleven Arrows on Saturday.
On Sunday, African Stars and Orlando Pirates will then produce the last team for the semi-final draw.