Stars beat Arrows to set up Civics semifinal clash


African Stars dramatically beat Eleven Arrows 5-4 on penalties to confirm their semifinal duel with Civics while Black Africa and UNAM will meet in the other semifinal following victories in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.

African Stars and Eleven Arrows met in the final match of the quarterfinals, and by the second half, both sides knew that a date with Civics in the semifinals was on the cards, following the draw conducted at halftime of their goalless encounter.

After an enterprising game that was full of action and even saw Ambrosius Amseb and Ronald Ketjijere hit the upright in the first and second half respectively, penalties had to decide who progressed.

Jürgen Naobeb and Simon Nekongo scored for Arrows in the mandatory five while Valton van Staden, Salomon Omseb and Pinehas Willem were saved by Ratanda Mbazuvara. Tjiuana Tja Tjinotjiua and Ivan Kamberipa scored for Stars with Elvis Tjivasera, Amseb and Godwin Jena were saved, to take the shootout-out to sudden death.

Neville Tjiueza and Denis Tjetjinda scored for Stars while Immanuel Angolo and Luciano Fischer scored to make it four each before captain Paulus Shanyenga was saved for Arrows and Brave Warriors captain Ketjijere buried his spot kick to send Stars through, 5-4 after the shoot-out.

Tinashe Dzambara of Arrows was given the Man of the Match accolade for his saves in the game and two more in the shoot-out.

Earlier on, Man of the Match Deven Somseb and captain Heinrich Isaacks scored in first and second half respectively to see UNAM past Blue Waters in their quarterfinals encounter. Earlier on, Gregory Aukumeb missed a spot kick for Waters.

Jerome Louis and Wendell Rudath came through with two goals each in the second half to guide Black Africa past a plucky Golden Bees who held them to a goalless first half. Clement Nangombe pulled one back for the North West First Division qualifiers. Louis capped of a great afternoon with the Man of the Match award.

Each man of the match winners walks away N$ 2000 richer thanks to Debmarine Namibia while a charity of his choice will also receive an equivalent amount from the mining company.

With BA to meet UNAM and Civics to play Stars, the NFA Secretariat will be confirming the dates and venues of the games to be played in the weekend of 11 May 2018.

The final of the 2018 Debmarine Namibia Cup will also be played in May and the overall winners will walk away with a cheque worth N$ 500 000 while the losing finalist receives N$ 250 000 and each losing semi-finalist gets N$ 150 000.