SKW hold Civics to a draw 19.01. 2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
SKW managed to hold log leaders Civics to a 1-all draw despite defending for most of the match on their home field on Friday evening.
Civics attacked for most of the match but couldnt find the net due to some wayward finishing and resolute defending by SKW.
The match also saw former Brave Warriors midfielder Dumisa Jantze making his debut for Civics, while striker Geoffrey Roman returned after a long injury layoff.
In the first half Civics attacked relentlessly and Brian Gurirab, Franklin April and Rudi Louw all came close. SKW had their first attack in the 21st minute when Bobby Kaapama's header from a corner was saved and shortly afterwards SKW keeper Heribert Kapeng saved well to keep out a shot by Donnelly Nel. Civics striker Geoffrey Roman back from injury, had two efforts saved towards the end of the first half.
Aoseb attack leads to SKW goal
Civics' young striker Eusebio Fredericks came on for William Chilufya and soon made his presence felt with his speed and urgency. In the 55th minute he was put clear by Jantze and hit a cracking shot that bounced off the crossbar.
Barely two minutes later, however, SKW captain Eric Aoseb launched an attack into Civics' penalty area and when he was clumsily tackled by Franklin April, the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Bobby Kaapama stepped up and beat a diving Kapeng into the left hand corner.
Civics immediately went on the attack again and it wasn't long before they equalised. Jantze put Roman clear with a great throughball and the striker calmly put the ball into the back of the net.
Civics kept on doing most of the attacking and Tugela Tuyeni, Donnelly Nel and Franklin April all came close with long range shots. But SKW managed to hold out till the end to grab a valuable point. Rudi Louw, Dumisa Jantze and Eusebio Fredericks were Civics' best players, while Heribert Kapeng, Vangee Mbaeva and Eric Aoseb stood out for SKW.
Scharnowski rues missed chances
Civics coach Helmut Scharnowski rued their missed chances but paid tribute to SKW's fine defence. "I warned our players before the game not to underestimate SKW. We had 70 per cent of the possession, but they defended well. They had only one chance from the penalty and took it. We had so many chances, but didn't have the will to score. I hope this result doesn't count against us in the long run," he said.
Scharnowski said the result would have no effect on their African Champions League match against Petro Atletico in Luanda on January 28.
"Here we played a total offensive game, but we will use different tactics in Angola," he said. Scharnowski added that he was happy with Jantze's debut.
"I went to fetch him in Germany where he was wasting his time and languishing in the fifth division. I told him to come home and join the Namibian champions. I am happy with his debut - he is an outstanding player, but he only displayed about 60 per cent of his true potential tonight," he said.
The result sees Civics moving a point clear of Tigers at the top of the log, but Tigers can take over at the top if they beat Blue Waters at Windhoek's Independence Stadium on Saturday.