11 February 2013

Namibia/South Africa: Pirates Exact BA Revenge

ORLANDO Pirates got one over Black Africa after eliminating their bitter rivals from the Bidvest Namibia Cup on penalties yesterday.

Pirates progressed to the last 16 after winning the penalty shootout 7-6 following a 1-1 stalement after 90 minutes.

Victory was secured after BA defender Da Costa Angula missed his spot-kick.

Angula was also at fault for Pirates' opening goal, when he was adjudged to have handled inside the penalty area which led to a penalty midway through the second half.

Pirates captain Mervin Areseb stepped up to convert from the spot and put his side in the lead.

However, incessant pressure from BA from there on finally paid off when substitute Muna Katupose volleyed in the equaliser in the final minute of regulation time, leaving the tie to be decided on penalties.

BA youngster Leroy Adams was the first to have his attempt saved, to hand Pirates the initiative. However, Pirates midfielder Lucky Kooper also had his penalty saved as the teams were level at three conversions apiece.

After Pirates utility man Steven Goaxab gave his side the lead in sudden death, Angula skied his effort to compound his gloomy afternoon.


On Saturday, Premier League teams Civics and Tura Magic were the biggest casualties in the Round of 32 as they lost to lower league opposition.

At the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb, Civics lost 6-5 on penalties to first-division side United Stars, while another first-division side, Hotspurs, beat Tura Magic 3-1 in Windhoek.

United Stars were full value for their win and only some fine saves from Civics keeper Esau Tjiuoro in the final stages kept them out.

In the penalty shootout, both keepers made one save each before Civics midfielder Wangu Gome's shot was saved as Stars ran out 6-5 victors.

Civics' manager Paul Stramis congratulated United Stars on their win, saying they fully deserved it.

"United Stars were the better team and deserved the victory. We didn't rise to the occasion and I must say, Stars outplayed us - they looked like a Premier League side while we looked like a First Division side," he said.

Hotspurs beat Tura Magic 3-1 after a late comeback that saw them scoring three goals in the final five minutes.

Tura Magic took an early lead through Itamune Keimune, and seemed to be heading for victory before Hotspurs launched a great comeback in the final five minutes.

Gustav Tjituka equalised from a corner, and then pounced on a mistake by Tura Magic keeper to make it 2-1.

In injury time, substitute Jacques Stephanus made it 3-1 as Hotspurs completed a remarkable victory.

Although there were no other upsets on Saturday, all the Premier League sides had to work hard for victory.

At the Sam Nujoma Stadium, SKW beat Try Again 3-1 but it took them quite a while to break down the Keetmanshoop side's defence.

Petrus Naftalie opened the scoring midway through the first half while two more goals in quick succession by Jordan Haimbili and Elvis Tjivasera secured their victory.

In the final stages Try Again got a consolation goal by Lionel Arnold.

Blue Waters had to work hard for their 4-2 victory over Black Morocco Chiefs of Mariental.

BMC took the lead after only two minutes when Desmond Kisting stabbed home a long clearance and managed to hold Blue Waters out till the 60th minute when Admire Dzukamanja equalised.

Hendrik Somaeb put Blue Waters ahead after a penalty for a foul but BMC struck back to equalise through a great goal by Johannes Mutunga who curled a corner kick into the net.

Blue Waters however finished stronger and further goals by Somaeb and Nico Beukes gave them a 4-2 victory.

Swakopmund FC beat Forever Thistles 4-0 after leading 1-0 at halftime.

Chris Lee Gawanab, Hans Haubeb, Donovan Hanaseb and Martin Mupetanio scored for SFC.

In Tsumeb, Omafo United beat Mama Love 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at full time.

Young Braves thrashed Sailors 5-0, Tigers beat Onambula United 2-1 and Eleven Arrows had to come from behind to beat King Fisher 2-1.

Yesterday, Ramblers beat Pubs 7-1, Chelsea lost 0-2 to Rundu Chiefs, Mighty Gunners beat Ongwediva City 4-1, River United were walloped 0-13 by African Lions, while Ongete United lost 2-4 to Golden Bigs.

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