Namibia: Magic Do the Things

TURA Magic wanted to win Saturday's NFA Women's Super League Cup final in style but Galz & Goals would not let them.

That was the assessment of player of the tournament Tomalina 'Pele' Adams after the novice Galz harried and harassed them throughout the engrossing encounter played at the NFA Technical Centre.

In the end they had to be content with player-of-the-match Memory Ngonda's winner, a 25-metre thunderbolt that nestled into the top right hand corner only after 15 minutes into the first half.

"The final was not what we expected to play. We were under a lot of pressure today but we made sure we scored," said Adams, who dedicated her MVP prize to her teammates.

"It wasn't that exiting, it was frustrating because we played more like how our opponents play and not like Tura Magic. In the end, we take the win.

"I'm very pleased for myself and the team for our achievements. I really wanted to win this tournament ever since Nampol defeated us in 2017," she said.

Such was the Galz performance that head coach Ronnie Hoxobeb was named the tournament's best coach and not his Tura Magic counterpart Shama Gure.

Keeping a hold of their league title will not be a stroll in the park, said Gure.

"It was a good one. It was a long wait, two years and another trophy in the cabinet," said Gure.

"We're going to continue working for the league. We are defending champions and it's never going to be easy. I think the final was a testament to that," he said.

Hoxobeb was rewarded for leading the unfancied upstarts all the way to the final of the pre-season tournament. They ended previous champions Khomas Nampol's reign in the semi final in similar fashion to how they approached the decider.

After going down 1-0, they stifled Tura Magic and should have been level three minutes before the break when Kylie van Wyk sprung the offside trap but was thwarted by Magic keeper Mellisa Matheus in a one-on-one.

Magic struck the woodwork twice in the second half, first through midfielder Millicent Hikuam, whose free kick cannoned off the post and onto Eixas' face before her defenders cleared the danger.

The competition's leading scorer Anna Shikusho was next to see her prodded effort come back of the post after a scramble in the box.

Then, Galz & Goals substitute winger Delaree Jasen came close to levelling after she skimmed the post with a thumping header with 15 minutes to go.

"Tura Magic is the club that scored the most goals, so we had to plan how best we could manage them. Our defence was on-point but were unlucky to concede that goal. We also had a few chances but failed to capitalise. The result is not in our favour but I'm very proud of these girls. They have worked very hard to get here," Hoxobeb assessed.

The individual prizes recipients are as follows: Thomalina Adams (player of the tournament, Tura Magic), Anna Shikusho (top scorer, Tura Magic), Amorei Swartbooi (best youth player, Galz & Goals), Asteria Angula (best midfielder, Galz & Goals), Lovisa Mulunga (best defender, Tura Magic), Lydia Eixas (best goalkeeper, Galz), Ronnie Hoxobeb (best coach, Galz & Goals), Antsino Twanyanyukwa (best referee), Olivia Amukuu (best assistant), Ramblers FC (Fifa Fair Play Award).

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