Katupose’s bad night costly for Tigers

01 May 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAY (NAMPA) – An own goal and missed penalty from Brave Warriors striker Muna Katupose saw his team, Tigers Football Club, going down to a 1-0 defeat to Citizens in an MTC Namibia Premier League match played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Tigers failed to capitalise on clear chances early in the first half, with Katupose missing two headers in the 22nd and 24th minute.

Earlier on, Tigers’ Rehabeam Mbango crossed a ball, which found Deon Tjizumaue in the box, who opted to use his thigh instead of a diving header, resulting in the ball going over the bar.

Mbango also shot wide after beating the offside trap, before Tigers lost their first choice goal keeper Immanuel Immanuel who left the field with a broken leg following an ariel duel with Christof Tjombupi midway through the first half.

Citizens then won a corner in the first half injury time, and Katupose’s defensive header went out for a throw in.

From the resultant throw-in, Katupose attempted to clear the ball while under pressure from Citizens’ striker but instead headed the ball back into his own net to leave his side trailing 1-0 at half time.

The second half did not offer much action as both teams failed to assert themselves in the match until the 74th minute when Katupose was brought down in the box.

Referee Lesley Swartbooi did not hesitate to point to the spot and up stepped Katupose, whose weak shot was easily parried away for a corner kick by Citizens goalkeeper, Gotlieb Kapuka.

The match ended 1-0 in favour of Citizens, whose point tally moved to 32 points but still remain above Tigers on the log on position seven.

Tigers remain on position eight with 26 points, with both teams having played 22 matches this season.

NPL continues with African Stars facing Civics on Wednesday evening, while Tura Magic tackles University of Namibia at the same venue on Thursday.