Kaizen Send Ramblers Packing

KHOMAS Second Division side Kaizen Football Academy stunned Ramblers with a penalty shootout victory in their Biest Namibia Cup Last 16 round match on Wednesday night.

After the sides remained goalless at full time, the match went into penalties and following a dramatic, marathon shootout, Kaizen eventually won 7-6 to knock Ramblers out of the tournament.

The youthful Kaizen team started off well and created the better chances in the first half.

Their U20 national midfielder Rudath Wendell and striker Fernandes Musambani were always a threat and Wendell nearly scored with a cracking shot, only to be denied by a great diving save by Lukas Hashiti.

Ramblers raised their game in the second half, with Kennedy Ihuhua and Donovan Swartz making their presence felt, while one Ihuhua cross bounced off the crossbar.

The match opened up in the final quarter with quick counterattacks on both sides.

For Kaizen, Wendell shot over the bar, while a free kick by Kaevuna Katjimune was cleared off the goal line.

At the other end, a Swartz free kick hit the post, while Kaizen keeper Silvestre Soki brought off a great save from a Clemens Uwiteb piledriver.

The match went into a penalty shootout and both teams matched each other with perfect shots to take the score to 3-3.

Ramblers grabbed the initiative when Hashiti saved Stanley Schreuter’s shot, but Kaizen immediately drew level when Mukonga Hangara shot wide of the goals.

The score moved on to 7-6 in Kaizen’s favour when Soki became their hero when he saved Johannes Petrus’ shot, to send the Premiership side crashing out of Namibia’s premier cup competition.

Source : The Namibian