Civics fortunate to beat Stars 15.04.2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
A great freekick by Rudi Louw in injury time gave Civics a 1-0 victory against African Stars at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The match seemed to be heading to a goalless draw when Civics were awarded a freekick about 30m out and Louw stepped to send a cracking shot flying into the right hand corner.
It was a bitter pill for Stars to swallow, as they could easily have won the match if they took their chances. The teams weighed up evenly in the first half with Dumisa Jantze and Rudi Louw looking dangerous for Civics, while Freedom Puriza was a constant threat down the left wing for Stars.
But both teams were ineffective up front, with Geoffrey Roman looking out of sorts for Civics, while Stars’ Zimbabwean striker Silver was also ineffective.
Puriza in great shape
Stars immediately attacked after the break through Puriza who provided two great centres in quick succession. First Silver’s shot was tipped away for a corner and then Brouwers Litombo’s header was ruled offside.
With Puriza on fire down the left, he once again set up Silver with a great pass into the box, but with an open goal begging, the Zimbabwean took too long on the ball and when he finally kicked, Amos Shiyuka cleared the shot off the line.
Civics rode their luck and nearly took the lead when William Chilufya chipped over a stranded Max Mbaeva, but his shot went inches wide of the net.
Silver had another great chance but once again blasted the ball over the net before he was substituted in the dying minutes. Then, just when it seemed as if the match would end in a draw, Louw struck with a great freekick to give Civics a rather fortunate victory.