Try Again recorded a 3-2 victory over Eleven Arrows to cause an upset while UNAM lost to Mighty Gunners and Young African were too strong for Life Fighters as 36 goals were scored in the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup Last 16.
Keetmanshoop’ s Try Again came into their match against Walvis Bay-based Eleven Arrows as clear underdogs but in the end Again FC surprised all and sundry with a hard fought 3-2 win over Arrows at the Khuisebmond Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Reginald Rooi, Aubrey Esau and Quinton van Staden scored for Again while Simon Nekongo and Paulus Thomas got the Arrows goals as Try Again goalkeeper Lee Louw walked away with the Man of the Match accolade for his heroics in goal.
UNAM FC could have fancied their chances against Mighty Gunners, but the military boys from Otjiwarongo were well drilled and grinded out an impressive 2-1 win over the Clever Boys. Another Walvis bay-based side Gendev FC were up against the odds when they took on Tura Magic and the Magicians run out 6-2 winners to a place in the Debmarine Namibia Cup last 8.
Rundu Chiefs shot down Touch & Go 2-0 in the opening game of the day at Walvis Bay also to progress in the lucrative competition.
Down south, Mariental Sports Stadium was the venue as Life Fighters and Young African met in the colossal battle of the Debmarine Namibia Cup Last 16. Under the floodlights, the boys from Omaheke, African took an unassailable 4-2 halftime lead before adding a fifth in the second half in a truly entertain game. Elvis Patire’s brace, Himee Hengombe, Saladuel Kaunatjike and Man of the Match and captain Wesley Ballack Katjiteo strikes put Fighters to the sword. Elmo Munoko and Glen Kamutjete scored for the Otjiwarongo-based Fighters.
Leeroy Angula, Job Katshuna and Tumba Muheue led Young Chiefs into a 3-1 win over Bee Bob Brothers and into the Debmarine Namibia Cup quarterfinals. Raymond Awaseb got the consolation for the Mariental-based Brothers. Penda Mongudhi of Young Chiefs won the Man of the Match award that came with a trophy and a Thousand dollars.
Civics also reached the Debmarine Namibia Cup quarterfinals thanks to a 6-0 win over Young Beauties. Man of the Match Johannes Damain led the charge with a hat trick while Peter Stevens added one and Erich Ochurub scored two.
In the earlier match at Mariental, Eastern Chiefs and Outjo Academy clashed and it was Man of the Match Hikuepi Kakuua’’s double that made the difference and sent the Omaheke qualifiers Chiefs into quarterfinals.
In the draw for the 2017 Debmarine Namibia quarterfinals: Civics, Mighty Gunners, Young Chiefs, Young African, Eastern Chiefs, Try Again, Rundu Chiefs and Tura Magic.
Former United Stars head coach and National Under-20 (U20) assistant coach, Shakes Malembu has been appointed as the new coach of Rundu Chiefs on a six-month contract.
African Stars Football Club (FC) were crowned 2017/18 Namibia Premier League (NPL) title winners, following a 2-1 victory over 10-man defending champions, Tigers, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Rundu Chiefs, Chief Santos and Young Chiefs have been relegated to their respective First Divisions following a difficult campaign in the Namibia Premier League for the sides from northern Namibia.