The Namibian (Windhoek)

26 November 2012

Namibia: BA Beat Blue Waters in Thriller

BLACK Africa staged a brilliant comeback to beat Blue Waters 5-4 and go to the top of the Namibia Premier League log on Saturday.

Blue Waters seemed to have the match sewn up when they took a 3-0 lead early in the second half, but BA staged a great comeback to level at 3-3 and then take a 4-3 lead.

In the hectic final minutes, Blue Waters once again came back to equalise in injury time but Jerome Louis scored the winner in the ninth minute of injury time to complete a dramatic 5-4 victory for Black Africa.

Ahtisaari Hepundjua gave Blue Waters the lead when he headed in from a freekick on 19 minutes, while Admire Dzukamanja made it 2-0 when he pounced onto a loose ball to head home after some indecision amongst BA’s defence.

The second half started disastrously for BA when Paulus Job made it 3-0 after intercepting a poor pass by Arnold Subeb, but that was the start of a great comeback, led by second half substitutes Eslin Kamuhanga and Jerome Louis.

Kamuhanga and Louis combined to put Roger Katjiteo through for BA’s opener, and they once again combined to set up Willy Stephanus for the second goal.

Kamuhanga got onto the scoresheet when he fired home a 25m shot as Black Africa drew level at 3-3, and then Louis got in on the act, heading home a Stephanus cross to give them the lead for the first time.

In the dramatic final minutes, Dzukamanja equalised for Blue Waters when he headed in from a corner, but in the eighth minute of injury time, Louis scored from a Kamuhanga cross to send BA’s fans wild with delight.

The victory put Black Africa at the top of the log on 16 points, although African Stars, on 14 points, still had to play Tura Magic yesterday afternoon.

Ramblers dropped down to third position on the log on 15 points after being held to a 1-1 draw by Orlando Pirates.

Pirates took the lead early in the second half when Gerson Hamman slammed home a long ball but Ramblers immediately equalised when Randall Goagoseb steered home a cross by Larry Horaeb.

Ramblers striker Donovan Swartz also hit the upright, while Pirates striker, Ronaldo Tsowaseb missed a great chance from the edge of the box in the final stages.

In Narraville, Eleven Arrows staged a great comeback to beat Rundu Chiefs 4-2, after trailing 2-0 at halftime.

Arrows came out a changed team after the break, with Edom Dominic coming on for Christian Doëseb, and within 10 minutes had drawn level through goals by Maxwell Plaatjies and Enrico Hoëbeb.

They continued attacking and further goals by Dominic and Ervin Kaujende gave them their second victory in a row.

In Otjiwarongo, Civics came back from a goal down to beat Mighty Gunners 3-2.

Percy Khairabeb put Gunners ahead within 10 minutes, but Frans de Muinda equalised for Civics to make the halftime score 1-1.

Second half goals by Sadney Urikhob and De Muinda put Civics 3-1 ahead before Vernon Klaazen scored a late consolation goal for Gunners.

On Friday night, a great second half performance by Panduleni ‘Kaka’ Nekundi inspired Tigers to a 4-1 victory against SKW.

Tigers held a narrow 1-0 lead at the break after a goal by Treasure Kauapirura, but Nekundi immediately changed the game when he came on six minutes into the second half against his former club.

With his first touch he started creating chances with his pace and power and although SKW soon equalised through Petrus Naftalie, it was just a prelude to Kaka taking centre stage.

He restored Tigers’ lead after slamming home a Pineas Jacob cross, and after Jacob had made it 3-1, capped a great performance with the fourth goal, as he beat two defenders in the box to slide the ball home.

It was an emphatic victory for Tigers, who now move up to fifth position on 10 points on the log.

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