League champ stars beat Arrows

It was an emotional night for the fans of the Reds after they proved that they want to win everything this season.

30 April 2018 | Sports

African Stars dramatically beat Eleven Arrows 5-4 on penalties to confirm their semi-final duel with Civics while Black Africa and Unam will meet in the other semi-final following victories in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.

African Stars and Eleven Arrows met in the final match of the quarterfinals, and by the second half, both sides knew that a date with Civics in the semi-finals was on the cards following the draw conducted at halftime of their goalless encounter.

After an enterprising game that was full of action and even saw Ambrosius Amseb and Ronald Ketjijere hit the upright in the first and second half respectively, penalties had to decide who progressed.

Jürgen Naobeb and Simon Nekongo scored for Arrows in the mandatory five while Valton van Staden, Salomon Omseb and Pinehas Willem were saved by Ratanda Mbazuvara.

Tjiuana Tja Tjinotjiua and Ivan Kamberipa scored for Stars while Elvis Tjivasera, Amseb and Godwin Jena were saved, to take the shootout-out to sudden death.

Neville Tjiueza and Denis Tjetjinda scored for Stars while Immanuel Angolo and Luciano Fischer scored to make it four each before captain Paulus Shanyenga was saved for Arrows and Brave Warriors captain Ketjijere buried his spot kick to send Stars through 5-4 after the shootout.

Tinashe Dzambara of Arrows was given the Man of the Match accolade for his saves in the game and two more in the shootout.

Earlier on, Man of the Match Deven Somseb and captain Heinrich Isaacks scored in the first and second half respectively to see Unam past Blue Waters in their quarterfinal encounter. Earlier on, Gregory Aukumeb missed a spot kick for Waters.

Jerome Louis and Wendell Rudath came through with two goals each in the second half to guide Black Africa past a plucky Golden Bees who held them to a goalless first half.

Clement Nangombe pulled one back for the North West First Division qualifiers. Louis capped off a great afternoon with the Man of the Match award.

Each man of the match winner walked away N$2 000 richer thanks to Debmarine Namibia while a charity of their choice will receive an equivalent amount from the mining company.

With BA to meet Unam and Civics to play Stars, the NFA Secretariat will be confirming the dates and venues of the games to be played on the weekend of 11 May.

The final of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup will also be played in May and the winners will walk away with a cheque ofr N$500 000 while the losing finalists will receive N$250 000 and each losing semi-finalist N$150 000.



-Additional Reporting by NFA

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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