Black Africa stun Civics 11.11. 2006
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Black Africa produced the first upset of the new Namibia Premier League season when they beat defending champions 1-0 at Windhoek Independence Stadium on Saturday, November 11.
The second half had barely begun before youthful striker Jerome Louis pounced on to a cross by Elvis Kauhima to steer the ball past Sitali Mulife for the only goal of the match.
Civics then dominated possession but wasted numerous scoring opportunities as a youthful Black Africa side hung on for a fine victory.
The match started at a frenetic pace as both sides harried each other into mistakes. But the respective defences stood firm and there were few chances in the first half.
Louis brings the game alive
The young Louis brought the game alive two minutes after the break when he broke past Civic' defence to drive home Kauhima's cross and send the 500-odd BA faithful wild with delight.
From then on, it was all Civics. Second half substitute Donny Isaacs started making an impact down the left wing, providing some quality crosses, past Civics' strikers William Chilufya and Frans de Muinda could not break through the BA defence.
Brian Gurirab also provided some great passes, while Donny Isaacs had a cracking shot punched clear midway through the half.
Civics' best chance came in the 31st minute when Donny Isaacs put Brian Brendell clear, but with only the goalie to beat he blasted wide of the goals.
It was a great victory for the young Black Africa side and young players like goalie Arnold Subeb, midfielders Decky Kaurivi, Elvis Kauhima and Bruno Hendricks and strikers Jerome Louis and Walla Otto all put in fine performances. Experienced Sedekia Haukambe was also solid at the back.
For Civics it was a disappointing start and club president-cum-coach Helmuth Scharnowski was an angry man afterwards.
"We played very badly. We allowed Black Africa to dictate the play, and frankly, I don't have an explanation for our display."
"Our defence was sleeping when they scored," he added.
Civics fielded new players like goalie Sitali Mulife, striker Frans de Muinda and midfielder Jerry Matik and looked like they struggled to find the right combinations.