Civics stun African Stars

02 May 2019 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 02 MAY (NAMPA) – Civics Football Club boosted their chances of avoiding relegation this season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over title challengers African Stars in an MTC Namibia Premier League match played at Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Civilians, who started the day at the bottom of the log on 18 points, scored the all-important goal in the fifth minute through striker Matheus Halupe, his second in as many games.

African Stars were shadow of themselves as the defending champions failed to utilise their ball possession against a side that has been fighting relegation the entire season.

Stars’ chances were few, with only their Comoran forward, Youssouf Ibroihim, threatening with a shot that went narrowly wide in the 14th minute.

In the 28th minute, Ambrosious Amseb also shot wide from a free kick, while on the other end, Halupe shot straight at the keeper to leave the result 1-0 at halftime.

Amseb was the first to threaten after resumption of play but his first shot was wide, before his second from a free kick hit the wall.

Amseb also hit the target with his next free kick, which was spilled by Civics goalkeeper Yacouba Diabate, with the rebound being fluffed by Chrispen Mbewe for the game to end 1-0 in Civics’ favour.

The result moves Civics to 21 points and off the bottom of the log to 14th place, one position above Orlando Pirates.

Stars remain on 42 points and on second position behind log leaders Black Africa.

NPL action continues on Thursday with Tura Magic facing University of Namibia in a battle for third place.