Civics are crowned the champions 04.05.2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Civics won the Namibia Premier League title for the third year in a row after thrashing Tigers 4-0 amid scenes of jubilation and ecstasy at Windhoek's SKW Stadium on Friday night.
The victory puts Civics clear at the top of the log on 46 points - 10 more than second-placed Oshakati City, who only have three matches remaining and cannot overtake Civics anymore.
Civics were in determined mood and dominated the match from the start. With especially Dumisa Jantze in great form in midfield, the chances soon came their way. William Chilufya scored the opener following a cross by Patrick Mkontwana into the penalty box and just before halftime, Jantze finished a great solo run with a cracking shot that hit the back of the net.
With Civics' ecstatic fans singing and dancing in the stands, they continued to attack in the second half. Geoffrey Roman made it 3-0 after receiving a great defence-splitting pass from Tugela Tuyeni, and Danny Chilufya scored the final goal after being put clear by his brother, William.
Civics' Ellington Tjirimuje and Tigers' Letu Shatimuene were both sent off after a scuffle, while Civics' keeper Helmuth Maletsky received a yellow card for time wasting. But by then it was all over and when the final whistle eventually went, the champagne started to flow.
Amid scenes of ecstasy and jubilation, the chairman of the Namibia Premier League, Peter van Wyk and Tian Faure of the sponsors MTC handed the NPL trophy over to Civics captain William Chilufya.
After the team had lined up with the trophy, all the players took turns to pose with the coveted trophy, while players and management members were interviewed by the press.
Title in honour of Vendura
"Yesterday it was the fourth anniversary of one of our former players, Pablo Vendura's death, and we dedicate this victory to him. This title also goes to our boss, Helmuth Scharnowski, who is recovering from a heart operation and to our fans who have supported us throughout the season," Civics' manager Paul Stramis said.
"This is a wonderful feeling for me, to win the title for the third successive year with Civics. It's actually my fourth time, because I won it once before with Liverpool as well," said captain William Chilufya.
"Next season we want to go further in the African Champions League and try and qualify for the group stages," he added. Civics' star midfielder Rudi Louw, who missed the match due to an injury, said it had been a fantastic season.
"It's been a fantastic season for Civics who have won the title for the past three years, while I have also won it once before with Blue Waters. My injury is not too serious and I will be ready to play for the Brave Warriors against the DR Congo in June," he said. Louw added that he hoped to sign up for a professional club abroad.
"I think I've achieved what I wanted to here in Namibia. I must now show that I'm good enough to play professional soccer abroad," he said.