Ten-men BA edge defending champions African in the Debmarine Cup

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Golden Bees edged premiership side Life Fighters out of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup Round of 32 while Black Africa fought back to defeat defending champions Young African as the goals-filled Round concluded at Grootfontein, Tsumeb and Windhoek on Sunday afternoon.

In the much anticipated clash of the Round of 32, Black Africa hosted defending champions Young African at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and the match lived to its billing. Young Black Africa goalkeeper Virgil Namaseb, replacing Calvin Spiegel in added time, saved his African counterpart Mbemutjiua Mata’ spot and then slotted home to see BA through, 10-9 on penalties, following a dramatic 2-2 draw.

The action-packed encounter saw Young African take the lead on 12 minutes through striker Harold Kandaera and three minutes later they doubled that lead courtesy of midfielder Ikuaterua Hoveka, to put them in the driving seat .

But the ‘Lively Lions’, Black Africa regrouped and bounced back through a penalty taken by experienced defender Emilio Martin on 22 minutes and in the second half, Black Africa continued to press on for an equalizer and they finally got their reward on 59 minutes through veteran striker Jerome Louis.

The energetic and unpredictable African never gave up and also had their fair share of chances in the encounter and it was too much to handle for Martin who picked up two quick yellow cards for foul plays on 65 minutes.

African pressed on for a winner but BA too held their own with the likes of captain Dynamo Fredericks and defender Gustav Pienaar as well as the enterprising Rudath Wendell putting in some fine performance for BA. The hardworking Himee Hengombe, as well as captain Donovan Kanjaa and Albert Mujikijera carried African’s cause. In the end it was down a 2-2 draw and down to penalties.

The mandatory five penalties were all converted by both sides and then it then nine-all in the shootout, before Namaseb became a hero for Black Africa, saving African tenth penalty before converting BA’s.

Tura Magic also progressed through with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over last year’s finalist Mighty Gunners following their goalless draw.

At Omulunga Stadium in Grootfontein, Life Fighters and Golden Bees renewed their rivalry and after a one-all draw it was the boys from Outjo, Bees who won 4-3 on penalties. Dynamos also advanced on penalties in their tie against Onathinge United, 5-4, after a one-all draw as well.

At Tsumeb, Orlando Pirates beat Outjo Academy 3-1; Blue Waters thrashed Fresh United 4-0 and Chiefs Santos crushed Reho Madrid 4-0 while Civics also advanced 2-0 over Rundu Chiefs. UNAM beat Eastern Chiefs 7-2.

The 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup Last 16: UNAM, Blue Waters, Black Africa, Dynamos, Golden Bees, African Stars, Once Again, Khuse FC, Tura Magic, Swakopmund FC, Chiefs Santos, Civics, Eleven Arrows, Young Chiefs, Khomas NAMPOL, Orlando Pirates.