Black Africa Win Standard Bank Super Cup

Black Africa lifted the inaugural Standard Bank Super Cup after beating African Stars 3-2 on Saturday.

Bradley Wermann gave Stars an early lead, but BA took the lead after two goals within five minutes by Ananias Gebhardt towards the end of the first half.

Substitute striker Roger Katjiteo put BA 3-1 ahead on 68m, before Meraai Swartbooi scored a great free kick on 88 minutes to make the final score 3-2.

Black Africa received the Standard Bank Super Cup trophy and N$500 000 while African Stars received N$200 000.

BA’s wingback Ananias Gebhardt won the Player of the Match award.

Playing in front of 6 000 festive fans at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Stars took an early lead when Edwin Korukuve broke free down the left wing and sent in a cross that Wermann volleyed home at the far post.

The action continued thick and fast with numerous chances on either side.

For BA, Steven Sabatha and Muna Katupose both shot narrowly wide, while at the other end, a great run by Meraai Swartbooi was halted when Sabatha cleared his cross into the box.

The match however swung BA’s way when Gebhardt struck with two goals in five minutes.

He equalised on 34m, heading in a cross by Denzil Haoseb, and then put BA 2-1 ahead five minutes later when he received a through pass from Muna Katupose to steer the ball home from close range.

Stars nearly scored when Dennis Tjetinda volleyed wide from a Riaan Cloete free kick, while another free kick by Meraai Swartbooi went narrowly wide of the target.

Black Africa coach Brian Isaacs brought striker Roger Katjiteo on for Muna Katupose at the start of the second half and he soon made his presence felt.

He threatened early on when he broke clear on goal, only to be ruled offside, and then put through a fine cross to Marco van Wyk, whose shot was saved by Helmuth Maletsky.

BA’s pressure finally told on 68m when Denzil Haoseb burst through the defence and sent a cross in that Katjiteo headed home from close range to make the score 3-1.

Meraai Swartbooi gave Stars hope with a great free kick two minutes from time but it was too little too late as BA held on for the victory that was wildly celebrated by their ecstatic fans.

Source : The Namibian

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