Civics go top after beating Gunners 20.05.2008
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Civics moved to the top of the log with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Mighty Gunners on Tuesday evening.
In a fast paced match, both teams pushed hard from the start, but there were few chances in the first half.
Civics took the lead five minutes after the break through winger Lovers Kamuhanga but Gunners equalised midway through the second half.
With about ten minutes remaining Civics defender Franklin April scored the winning goal when Gunners’ keeper spilled a shot by Victor Helu and April pounced onto the loose ball.
The game opened up in the second half as both teams had several more scoring opportunities. Gunners had a shot bleared off the goal line by Civics defender Jamu Ngatjizeko, while a Floris Diergaardt freekick skimmed the crossbar.
Civics’ manager Paul Stramis was delighted with the victory.
“I am very happy. Now we are at the top of the log, and even though it might just last till Sunday, it gives us an important psychological edge. At this stage it’s better to have points than games in hand and I am still positive that we can win the league,” he said.
Stramis also praised the referee, Arvo Mufeti. “The referee had an excellent match,” he said.
Mighty Gunners’ coach Dawid Snewe, however, was very unhappy about the officiating. “The last goal should not have been allowed. At least three Civics players were clearly offside. We should have also been awarded a penalty for a handball, which was turned down,” he said.