Khomas storm into Newspaper Cup semi-finals

21 Apr 2019 12:30pm
MARIENTAL, 21 APR (NAMPA) - The Khomas Region stormed into the semi-finals of the 2019 Namibian Newspaper Cup via a 4-1 demolition of Oshana in their last group game at the Mariental Stadium on Sunday.
Khomas were the better team from the start of the match as they forced saves from Megameno Kapuku as early as the fifth minute through livewire Llyeton Goliath.
Elderly Morgan then forced two saves from Kapuku in the 17th and 28th minutes, before Gerome Shikerete miscued his shot after a beautiful pass from Godwin Eiseb.
Shikerete could not be denied the opener as he tapped in a cross from Eiseb at the far post take his team to a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Eiseb then joined the scoring act when he benefitted from a slip by Abraham Haipinge to make it 2-1 within a minute of the restart.
Oshana responded immediately as Sem Ndahangwa’s long range effort gave Rio-Giaono Goagoseb something to think about.
Both sides continued to probe each other, but it was Khomas who made it count in the 48th minute when Clifton Dreyer’s harmless cross slipped through the hands of Oshana’s goalkeeper and trickled into the net to make it 3-0.
In the 59th minute, Pitsi Jafta Ameb’s audacious chip from a free kick clipped the cross bar with Kapuku stranded in no man’s land.
Oshana pulled one back when Malakia Shivute easily slotted in a free kick to make it 3-1.
However, Dreyer scored the final goal of the match with virtually the last kick of the match as Khomas ran out 4-1 winners to set up a date with Otjozondjupa in the semi-finals.
Godwin Eiseb (Khomas) was named man of the match.
Meanwhile in the netball category, host Hardap defeated Omusati in a match that was called off on Saturday due to rain.
Hardap had a dominant first quarter in which they led5-0 in the first seven minutes.
The match that had the crowd on their feet saw Hardap extend their lead to 8-2, but Omusati stepped up the pressure and reduced the deficit to 8-3.
At the half-time whistle, Hardap led 10-06.
With seven minutes remaining on Saturday and Hardap leading 10-6, the match had to be stopped twice due to heavy winds and it was decided the match should cotinue Sunday morning.
The match was resumed and Hardap ran out 15-13 winners, with their centre, Ciara Thorburn, receiving the player of the match award.
In other matches played on Sunday, ||Kharas defeated a stubborn Oshikoto 18-9 in a match that saw Almi Willem winning the player of the match award.
Kunene, meanwhile, defeated Zambezi 14-12 in an evenly contested match.
The player of the match award went to Zambezi player Charmaine Musaso.