Citizens rue missed opportunity

As Civilians dominate Life Fighters
It was a weekend filled with feisty football matches as Debmarine Namibia Premiership clubs continued to shine, while others are still trying to get into gear after the first few weeks of the inaugural league.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
Citizens coach Shama Gure expressed his disappointment following his team’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of visitors Julinho Sporting on Saturday at the Khomasdal Stadium.

The visitors opened their account through a goal from Tilimalo Kafanga in the first five minutes before adding to their tally five minutes after the first goal, with Almeida Francisib scoring the second.

"It is disappointing that we could not do anything today against the away team.

"They made it difficult for us, and we could just not play the way we wanted.

"We will, however, go back to the drawing board and see what we can do to improve," Gure said.

Citizens tried regrouping, and it paid off in the 12th minute as the home side pulled one back to reduce the margin to one goal.

‘Right path’

Reinhold Shavuka, however, put the game beyond Citizen’s reach with a fine goal, putting daylight between them and the team from Windhoek.

A 74th-minute goal from Shavuka, which marked a brace for the player, sealed the victory for Julinho.

The coach and owner of Julinho, Nelson Luis, said they studied the opponents and applied the tactics that enabled them to claim the three points.

"We are taking it game by game, and today we concentrated on this game and we played well.

"It is a victory again for the Kavango Region, and I would like to thank all the teams from the Kavango Region that have provided us with players.

"I think we are on the right path and can only get better as a football club," Luis said.

In other action on Saturday:

Eleven Arrows 1-1 Young African

Okahandja United 0-2 African Stars

Mighty Gunners 2-0 Young Brazilian

Unam 0-0 Orlando Pirates

Blue Waters 1-0 Black Africa

Civics 2-0 Life Fighters