Citizens Book Their Place in Biest Namibia Cup Semis

Citizens booked their place in the Biest Namibia Cup semifinals with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kaizen Football Academy at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday night.

Citizens, who recently secured promotion to the Namibia Premier League, dominated the match from the start and first half goals by Jan Vleermuis and Lesley So-oabeb sealed their victory.

For the Khomas second division side Kaizen it was the end of their fairytale run that saw them beating Premier League outfit Ramblers in the previous round.

Citizens came out attacking with So-oabeb and Osvaldo Vries both shooting wide early on, while Kaizen defender Rudolf Hindjou nearly scored an own goal, but his back pass was saved just in time by Kaizen keeper Sylvester Soki.

At the other end, Wendell Rudath had a great shot tipped for a corner by Citizens’ keeper Immanuel Immanuel, but it was Citizens who took the lead on 17m when Jan Vleermuis stabbed a cross from the left wing in at the far post.

Immanuel once again brought off a fine diving save to deny Rudath, but it was Citizens who increased their lead on 30m when a Ronald Chari free kick wasn’t cleared in time and So-oabeb pounced to steer the loose ball into the net.

Citizens kept up the pressure with Chari and Tjiuana Tjinotjiua both having shots saved by Soki before the break.

Kaizen’s impressive midfielder Rudath continued to test Citizens’ defence to the limit and came close to scoring with two near identical chances in the second half. First he broke free on goal, but with only the goalie to beat, he chipped the ball over the bar, and then he ran onto a long through ball and once again tried to chip the keeper, but his shot was deflected away by Immanuel.

At the other end, Citizens striker Henry Somseb had numerous opportunities to score, but his finishing was a bit wayward.

In the final stages, Kaizen won two free kicks, but they were both dealt with by the steady Immanuel as Citizens held on for a comfortable victory.

Citizens’ midfielder Ronald Chari won the Man of the Match award and a N$2 000 cheque.

The rest of the Biest Namibia Cup quarterfinal matches will take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.

Tigers face United Stars at 15h00, while African Stars take on Mountain Rangers at 17h00. In the final match of the day, Black Africa take on Tura Magic at 19h00.

Source : The Namibian