Defending Champions Omaheke audaciously booked a date against Kharas while Otjozondjupa will face Khomas in the semifinals of the 19th edition of the Namibian Newspaper Cup on Easter Sunday at the Mariental Stadium.
The four sides made sure of their semifinals berths with some scintillating football on Easter Saturday at a packed, wet, windy and cold Mariental Stadium. Kharas dispatched Kavango East 2-1 to take top honors in Group A in a game in which they only needed a draw to advance. Kharas got their goals through their equalizer, an own goal from Malakia Nangolo and Simeon Namondi deep into the second half. Max Napenda had put Kavango East in the lead. Kativa Ngongo from Kavango East won the Man of the Match accolade.
Omaheke and the host Hardap was the much-anticipated clash as the defending champions Omaheke had to win and Hardap had to avoid defeat to win Group B and reach the semifinals. Omaheke took the lead in the second half through Betuel Muzeu but Romario Umati equalized from the spot. However, Omaheke were determined to break the hearts of the home support and Man of the Match Tjarirove Tjejamba scored the winner and push Omaheke into the semifinals.
10 men Otjozondjupa booked their place in the last four with a come from behind 3-1 win over Ohangwena Region. Densely Shonena scored the first goal from the free kick in the first half and in the second half, Samuel Gamgaoseb equalized.
Geovanne Gawanab scored the second goal before he was shown his second yellow card and sent off and moments later Gamgaoseb completed his brace to make it 3-1. Otjozondjupa captain Jovane Narib capped of a fine performance with the Man of the Match award.
And just after midnight, Khomas took a 1-0 halftime lead through Gerome Shikerete and then in the second Godwin Eiseb made it 2-0. Substitute Clifton Dreyer made it 3-0 before Ndeshipanda Ndahangwa reduced the deficit with a well taken free to make it 3-1. Dreyer then scored the fourth goal of the match as Eiseb went on to win the Man of the Match award.
On Good Friday the boys produced 32 goals in nine matches and on Saturday into Sunday, 34 goals were scored.
Kharas and Omaheke wil meet at 16h00 and Otjozondjupa and Khomas will face off at 17h15 on Easter Sunday at the Mariental Stadium. The third place playoff match will be on Easter Monday at 11h00 and the final will be played at 13h00 to crown the 2019 The Namibia Newspaper Cup champions. Standard Bank powers the tournament.
In the exhibition match, Namibia under 17 side lost 2-1 to the visiting Westphalia Under 17 team in a fiercely contested friendly match. Tim Janke gave Westphalia the lead in the first half before Conzales Tsuseb equalized with a fine finish. The second half was a cagey affair until the last few minutes when substitute Harres Phil scored a wonder of a goal to ensure the Germans visit their tour unbeaten.