Tigers and Julinho settle for 1-1 draw in Rundu

10 Mar 2019 13:20pm
RUNDU, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Premier League match between Julinho Sporting Football Club and Tigers ended in a 1-1 draw at the Rundu Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Julinho’s hopes to finish in the top eight in the first round of the league were brought to an end by the visiting team when they conceded a penalty just 16 minutes into the game.
Tiger’s attacking midfielder, Stanley Llewellyn, was brought into the penalty box to give Absalom Himbondi the chance to put his team upfront.
Himbondi took the spot kick without hassle to give his side the lead away from home just 17 minutes into the game.
Julinho were denied a clear scoring chance when Fransisco Almeida was clearly brought down into the penalty box. However, the referee waved off the decision for play to continue.
Despite all the controversy, the game offered much to be desired as both sides came out guns blazing but Julinho’s hopes of winning the match were dented when the team’s captain was given a second yellow card in the 31st minute of the game.
However, Julinho’s in form and marauding striker, Almeida, lifted the home team’s hopes when he equalised in the 37th minute.
The match then saw both teams launching dangerous attacks.
Tigers’ Himeezembi Hengombe nearly gave his side the lead when he connected his boot to a loose ball to fire a powerful shot, only to be denied by Julinho’s shot stopper.
The halftime score was 1-1.
In the second half of the match, the visiting team came out strong, hoping to utilise their advantage, but could not break Julinho’s rock-solid defence.
Both teams had chances to put the game to bed but failed to convert, ending the game 1-1 at full-time.
Speaking to Nampa after the match, Tigers caretaker coach, Oubas Mokwena said it was a 50/50 game, although they missed out on two goal-scoring chances.
He said a draw was a fair result for them since they did not play to their standards and that is how football is as there are three things involved - win, lose or draw.
Meanwhile, Julinho Sporting coach Nelson Luis said he was disappointed by the referee’s decision to deny them a penalty but added that after playing with 10 players and coming out with a draw against a team such as Tigers, he could only praise his players.