Great entertainment will be produced when Mighty Gunners and Young African compete in the final of the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup in November as they came through their litmus test in the semifinals on Saturday at Otjiwarongo.
Mighty Gunners had the best of Tura Magic, 2-0 with goals from Pineas Jacobs and David Gabriel in the second half while their teammate Robert Uirab was voted Man of the Match that came with N$ 2000.
Young African and Young Chiefs then met for a place in the final and the boys from Gobabis won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Uauanisa Kamberipa and Elvis Katire. Kamberipa got the first late in the first half and Katire scored at the end of the 90 minutes to complete the victory and passage to the final. Kaovisa Hengombe was Man of the Match.
Gunners coach Gebhardt Washa-Washa Hengari says their game plan worked well on Saturday against Magic.
“We absorbed their pressure and I told the boys to wait until they opened up and they did in the second half. I was surprised with their fitness levels, not what I expected and they couldn’t keep up with us anymore and we got the goals and to the final now”, Hengari states.
For the final of the 2017 Debmarine Namibia Cup, venue and date still to be confirmed, Hengari states that they will not take African lightly and the final will be self-motivating for the players.
“ In the final of any competition as prestigious as this cup, your players are motivated to do well already, you just have to get the tactics right. African worked so hard for their place in the final and we cannot underestimate them at all. It will be great final by the look of things and I promise Gunners will play their part” says Hengari.
African coach Maleagi Ngarizemo sings praise of his first-timers in a big final.
“ I told the team when we started the competition that we must use this chance to reach the final. The boys wanted it more and they dig deep. For a club which is about four years old and with no experienced players to reach this final; its majestic. The players responded well to tactics. The league will start soon and players will be fit and I hope the final will be outside Windhoek to have a good atmosphere in a smaller venue”, Ngarizemo pleads.
Gunners and African will each receive an increased N$ 30 0000 for travel and preparations and Man of the Match will get N$ 5000 and the player will have to select a charity of his choice that will receive an equivalent amount.
Salatuel Kaunatjike scored in extra time to guide Young African to their first ever Debmarine Namibia Cup triumph as they defeated Mighty Gunners 3-2 in a thrilling final played at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis on Saturday afternoon.
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.
Ricardo Mannetti will make changes to the starting line-up to face Zambia on Monday night, 21h00, Namibian time, for the Group B top of the table clash with one eye on the quarterfinals scheduled for Saturday, 27 January at the 2018 Africa Nations Champio