Citizens’ purple run continues and Tigers demolish YB

03 Mar 2019 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – Citizens Football Club continued with their good form of the 2018/19 Namibia Premier League season when they overcame a gutsy Julinho side by a 3-2 scoreline at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Citizens took a 2-0 lead into the half-time before Julinho scored early in the second half through a penalty by captain Mwala Muwana as they looked to turn the match around.
However Citizens scored a third goal midway in the second half before Charles Tjombambi was sent off for two yellow cards.
Julinho were then awarded a penalty after their striker was dangerously fouled by the Citizens goalkeeper.
Initially match official Jackson Pavaza awarded a corner but following consultations with his assistant, he changed his verdict and pointed to the spot.
Muwana made no mistake to set up a thrilling finale in the closing stages of the game.
Citizens however held on for the second successive victory in a space of one week that sees them move up from sixth to fifth above Tura Magic, who have a game in hand.
In the second match of the evening, Tigers and Young Brazilians produced a thriller in which 10 goals were scored in 90 minutes.
Tigers’ Ferdinard Karongee was the first to strike in the eighth minute from a corner kick before Mapenzi Muwanei scored twice in the 14th and 38th minutes as his side took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break.
Wayne Esterhuisen pulled one back for Young Brazilians in the 50th minute, but Tigers captain Absalom Iimbondi scored a cracker of a shot eight minutes later to make in 4-1 for his team.
Ten minutes later it was 4-2 as Bernatu Cloete beat Tigers goalie Immanuel Immanuel with an easy ball in the near post.
Llewelyn Stanley joined the goal scoring party to make in 5-2 before veteran former Brave Warriors midfielder Bryan Bantam made it 5-3.
Tigers’ Malawian import George Nyirenda slammed the ball into the back of the net after Young Brazilians defenders failed to clear a corner kick to make it 6-3 in the 88th minute, before substitute Muna Katupose completed the scoring in the 89th minute making the final score 7-3 in favour of Ingwenyama.
Other weekend results saw African Stars beat Blue Waters by 1-0 on Friday night, while on Saturday, Life Fighters defeated Eleven Arrows by 3-1 with Gunners being held at home by Civics to a one-all draw.
Namibia Premier League action continues on Sunday with University of Namibia (UNAM) playing Blue Waters at the UNAM Sports Field.