Civics beat Tigers 3-1 04.02.2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Civics beat Tigers 3-1 at the SKW field on Saturday to move to the top of the log.
The highly anticipated match didn't live up to expectations, with both teams looking rather lackluster, but Civics stepped up a gear when it mattered most.
William Chilufya stood out for Civics, scoring two goals and creating a third, while Leonard Stanley replied for Tigers.
The win saw Civics move up from third to first place on the log, overtaking Ramblers, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-log Friends in Rehoboth on Saturday.
Civics and Tigers started cautiously with both teams eyeing each other out in the opening minutes. The match drifted along aimlessly until the 18th minute when Chilufya struck. He received the ball in a bit of space, and hit a superb 20m shot that gave Tigers keeper Fox Nambundunga no chance.
Nelson Akwenye tried hard to spur Tigers on and nearly scored when he intercepted a backpass, but Civics keeper Sitali Mulife just saved ahead of him.
Just before halftime Civics went further ahead when Dumisa Jantze whipped in a cross from the right and Chilufya superbly volleyed the ball into the net.
The second half once again dipped into lethargy before Leonard Stanley struck a great goal from outside the penalty box.
With Helmut Scharnowski shouting furiously from the touchline, Civics once again picked up the pace and some great work by Chilufya put them further ahead. His pressure paid off as he beat Nambundunga to a loose ball and with the Tigers keeper drawn off his line, Chilufya centred the ball for Jamu Ngatjizeko to tap into an empty net.
Civics coach Scharnowski paid tribute to his players and confidently predicted that they would finish the first round at the top of the log.
"Our midfield was outstanding and Chilufya is getting back to his normal form now. I can also mention Donelly Nel in defence and Brian Gurirab in midfield. We are continuing to build on our strategy for the return leg against Petro Atletico next weekend and I am confident that we will be at the top of the log at the end of the first round," he said.
Friends shock Ramblers
Scharnowski said that Friends' victory against Ramblers did not surprise him and that Civics, in fact, also played a role in that upset. A week earlier Civics had loaned four players to Friends till the end of the season, who all played a role in Ramblers' downfall. They are defender Marc Isaacs and midfielders Nigel van Wyk, Bradley Gowaseb and Shaun Titus. "I loaned the players to Friends so that they can get some match practise. They are all fit and form a good combination. I think Ramblers underestimated Friends and were caught totally by surprise," he said. Civics now take on Ramblers at the SKW field on Sunday and will have to do without their four national players who will play for Namibia in a friendly match against Botswana on Tuesday. They are defender Franklin April and midfielders Jamu Ngatjizeko, Brian Gurirab and Brian Brendell. Rudi Louw could however be in the starting lineup after failing to land a contract with Soenderjyske in Denmark. "They were impressed by his skills, but in the end settled for two physically bigger players," Scharnowski said. "Rudi flies in to Windhoek on Sunday, and if he feels up to it, I will use him against Ramblers," he said. Scharnowski was also confident of beating Ramblers on Sunday. "Our guys are hungry for success," he said.