Unam, Magic share spoils as Citizens down Stars

27 Feb 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) – University of Namibia Football Club (UNAM FC) and Tura Magic played out a 1-1 draw, while Citizens defeated African Stars 2-1 as the Namibia Premier League (NPL) continued on Tuesday evening at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
In the first match of the evening, UNAM FC and Magic cancelled each other tactically as both coaches showed their attacking intent by playing a 4-3-3 formations.
That showed as early as the fourth minute when Edmund Kambanda rattled the upright for UNAM FC, while Junius Theophilus failed to control cross in the box and allowed Charles Uirab to collect the ball.
Salom Amseb then shot straight Uirab before Derrick Agbeyi in goals for Magic handled a back pass in his box to gift UNAM an indirect free kick which was wasted.
In the 38th minute, Unam then took the lead against the run of play when Magic failed to clear a harmless cross and Pandeni Kandjabanga slammed the loose ball into the back of the net, to give his side a 1-0 lead that they took into the half time break.
The second half saw Magic turn on the heat as they looked for the equaliser with Theophilus and Omseb linking up with jaw-dropping plays, but the latter’s miss-kicked effort was calmly collected by Uirab in the 53rd minute.
Uirab could however not prevent Theophilus from getting the equaliser, when Magic’s quick counter attack was slammed into the back of the net by the fringe national team striker in the 61st minute to leave the two teams sharing the spoils.
Meanwhile African Stars failed to close the gap on leaders Black Africa as they were humbled by a motivated Citizens team who scored two early first half goals in similar situations.
Citizens’ man of the match, Steward Goaseb, twice provided the crosses for Brandon Neibeb to nod past a badly exposed Ratanda Mbazuvara in goals for African Stars in the 38th and 40th minute for a 2-0 advantage at the break.
African Stars coach, Bobby Samaria made a double substitution at the start of the second half, bringing in Gustav Isaak and Alpheus Handura for Rodger Katjiteo and Protasho Kambue, with the hope of turning things around.
The move turned the game around as African Stars attacked relentlessly but failed to make use of the chances they created, managing only to pull one goal back in the 78th minute through Ambrosious Amseb, as they suffered their fourth defeat of the season.