Citizens humble Stars
28 February 2019 | Sports
Stars failed to close the gap on log leaders Black Africa after being humbled by a motivated Citizens team who scored two early first-half goals in similar situations.
Citizens' man of the match, Steward Goaseb, twice provided the crosses for Brandon Neibeb to nod past a badly exposed Ratanda Mbazuvara in goal for African Stars in the 38th and 40th minute for a 2-0 advantage at the break.
African Stars coach Bobby Samaria made a double substitution at the start of the second half, bringing in Gustav Isaak and Alpheus Handura for Rodger Katjiteo and Protasho Kambue, with the hope of turning things around.
Stars attacked relentlessly, but initially failed to make use of the chances they created, before managing to pull one goal back in the 78th minute through Ambrosious Amseb. It was Stars' fourth defeat of the season.
In the first match of the evening, Unam and Magic cancelled each other out tactically, as both coaches showed their attacking intent by playing 4-3-3 formations.
This showed as early as the fourth minute when Edmund Kambanda rattled the upright for Unam.
Junius Theophilus then failed to control cross in the box, which allowed Charles Uirab to collect the ball. Salom Amseb then shot straight Uirab before Derrick Agbeyi in goal for Magic handled a back pass in his box to gift Unam an indirect free-kick which was wasted.
In the 38th minute, Unam took the lead against the run of play, when Magic failed to clear a harmless cross and Pandeni Kandjabanga slammed the loose ball into the back of the net, to give his side a 1-0 lead that they took into the halftime break.
The second half saw Magic turn on the heat as they looked for the equaliser, with Theophilus and Omseb linking up for jaw-dropping plays, but the latter's miss-kicked effort was calmly collected by Uirab in the 53rd minute.
Uirab could, however, not prevent Theophilus from getting the equaliser, when Magic's quick counter-attack ended with the fringe national team striker booting the ball into the back of the net in the 61st minute to leave the two teams sharing the spoils.