Civics narrowly defeat Citizens

07 Mar 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – Civics Football Club registered a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over fourth-placed Citizens in an MTC Namibia Premier League match played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday.
The victory saw Civics moving from 14th position to 11th, three points clear of the relegation zone.
The hard-running Citizens took the lead in the 24th minute when veteran Letu Shatimuene’s soaring free kick beat an out of sorts Jack Mabuku, who was between the sticks for Civics.
The goal came after Vincent Namiseb had missed a great chance to put Civics ahead in the seventh and 12th minute.
Namiseb could have atoned for his mistake in the 34th minute, but fluffed two more chances as Civics pushed for an equaliser before the break.
With both teams failing to create decent chances in front of goal before the half, Civics went into the break trailing.
The second half saw Civics taking more initiative, leading to an equalising goal in the 66th minute as Namiseb’s rasping shot beat Jonas Mathews from the edge of the 18 yard box.
With the momentum in their favour, Frank Sam Ochurub did everything right to beat two defenders and a goalkeeper only to see his shot strike the upright and trickle out for a throw-in.
The pressure seemed to awaken Citizens, who then missed a glorious chance to take the lead when Gustav Tjituka’s free header went soaring above the bar.
In the 83rd minute, Civics’ halftime substitute Quinton Kuruseb scored what turned out to be a winner when he met a cross from Ochurub with a header which settled into the bottom right corner.
Kuruseb almost spoiled his great work when he immediately conceded a silly penalty after having failed to clear a harmless looking ball in his own half.
His blushes were saved by Mabuku who prevented Upengisa Ujaha from the spot kick to make sure his team picks up maximum points on the night to move out of the relegation zone.
Citizens remain fourth on the log with 23 points.