Citizens to meet African Stars in Bidvest Namibia Cup finals

WINDHOEK: Citizens Football Club (FC) coach George Ochurub was a happy man on Saturday as his side reached their first-ever Bidvest Namibia Cup finals.

Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) winner Citizens Football Club FC became the first non-Namibian Premier League (NPL) team to qualify for the Bidvest Namibia Cup finals when they ended Rundu-based United Stars’ dreams of playing in their first-ever Bidvest Namibia Cup finals in a match which ended 2-0 in the capital on Saturday.

United Stars fell out of the competition in the same stage in which they were knocked out last season by Mighty Gunners at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The Windhoek-based Citizens FC will be joining the Premier League next season by virtue of winning the Southern Stream First Division this season.

“We had a slow start in the first half, but we just wanted to see if United Stars had a Plan B. When we realised they did not have one, we resealed our secret weapon and that did the job for us,” Ochurub boasted in an interview on Saturday.

Two second-half goals from Citizens’ substitute Hendrik Somseb and Jan Vleermuis in the 71st and 92nd minutes saw United Stars crashing out of the lucrative cup competition.

United Stars coach David Snewe said his team had a chance to ‘kill’ the game in the first half but his players messed up, and that cost them a place in the finals.

African Stars FC won the other semi-final clash against Tura Magic by 2-0.

A 28th minute strike from African Stars’ Ninja Karongee and stoppage time strike from substitute Riaan Cloete were enough to see Tura Magic’s impressive display in this cup competition come to an end.

Tura Magic coach Timo Tjongarero said his boys did not stick to their game and two mistakes cost them the game, but credit should be given to African Stars for a brilliant game plan that worked for them.

African Stars coach Woody Jacobs said he was relieved to win against Tura Magic.

“I know Tura Magic very well, my team was more determined to win today because we wanted to settle the record of them winning against us in the Premier League,” Jacobs said.

The African Stars coach also noted that Tura Magic played a great game which deserves to be acknowledged.

The date for final of the Bidvest Namibia Cup between defending champions African Stars and Citizens will be announced in due course.