Civics, Blue Waters in tough draw 21.04.2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Civics and Blue Waters drew 0-0 in a hard fought and uncompromising battle at Windhoek’s Independence Stadium on April 21. It didn’t help matters that the match started 20 minutes late after Humphries Security failed to turn up in time. The teams took it upon themselves to control their players and the match started without security, but the pent up frustration soon boiled over onto the field.
The referee had his hands full and the game was frequently interrupted for fouls on both sides and several yellow cards were dished out. On Blue Waters’ side, David Anton and Gottlieb Nakuta picked up early yellow cards’ while opposing midfielders Johnny Hawala and Rudy Louw were booked in the second half.
In between there was not much constructive play, although the best chances came Civics’ way. Tugela Tuyeni hit a 30m pile-driver that bounced off the post, while Geoffrey Roman missed from close range after a fine exchange with Rudy Louw.
At the end of the first half Civics nearly found the net. A Rudy Louw freekick hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced away, while Fisher Kalimba cleared a William Chilufya shot off the line.
Dull second half
The second half was even more of a stop-start affair with nothing much to write home about. Roman was ineffective with a header and was later replaced by Floris Diergaardt. Diergaardt put a Louw centre into the sidenetting, while Patrick Mkontwana, Dumisa Jantze and William Chilufya all missed efforts.
For Blue Waters Getzen Ndjiharine came close with a freekick, but they never threatened Civics’ defence and didn’t look like scoring.
The result sees Civics extending their lead at the top of the log with 40 points from 18 matches, followed by Oshakati City on 36 points from 19 matches.
Blue Waters remain third last with 20 points from 18 matches.