Kooper Gives Ramblers Lucky Win

A 65th minute goal by Lucky Kooper gave Ramblers a rather fortunate 1-0 victory against Tura Magic in an NPL Round 20 match on Wednesday night.

Tura Magic attacked relentlessly in the final stages but some great defending by Ramblers’ Ivan Bloom and Oliver Risser kept them at bay.

Tura Magic suffered an early blow when their influential Ghanaian midfielder Kalusha Alhassan was fouled after only 13 minutes and had to leave the field with an injury.

Chances were few and far between in a dour first half, that saw some heavy tackles on both sides, with Magic defender Tiberius Lombaard getting a yellow card for a foul on 25m.

The best chance of the half came just before halftime when Semfried Maharero raced clear onto Ramblers’ goal, but he could not maintain his composure and overran the ball as Ramblers’ young keeper Ivan Hoeseb saved the ball.

Tura Magic stepped up the tempo in the second half and had Ramblers under constant pressure.

Magic’s substitutes Mohamed Mukson and Junias Theophilus put in some g runs and attacks into Ramblers’ penalty area, but Ramblers’ defence stood firm with Risser and Bloom in fine form.

Ramblers took the lead against the run of play when they launched a quick counterattack through Clemens Uwiteb, who crossed to an unmarked Lucky Kooper to score from close range.

It was all Tura Magic in the final stages, as they desperately searched for the equaliser.

Muckson had a shot cleared off the line by Bloom on 70m, and then 5m later a Muckson freekick hit the post and bounced across the face of the goal before being cleared.

Ramblers’ keeper Hoeseb saved well from Theophilus on 81m, while Bloom brought off a stunning save when he cleared a volley by Papi Kavezembi off the line with four minutes to go.

The result sees Tura Magic remaining fifth on the log on 29 points while Ramblers are eighth on 26 points.

MTC Premiership – 201314

Team P W D L GF GA P

1 Black Africa 19 12 5 1 29 12 42

2 Orlando Pirates 19 11 4 4 23 15 37

3 African Stars 19 11 3 5 29 16 36

4 Tigers 19 10 5 4 30 21 35

5 Tura Magic 20 8 5 7 20 18 29

6 Blue Waters 19 8 4 7 29 23 28

7 Civics 19 8 4 7 20 17 28

8 Ramblers 20 7 5 8 23 25 26

9 United Stars 19 5 4 10 23 33 19

10 Blue Boys 18 4 4 10 18 28 16

11 Rundu Chiefs 19 3 3 13 17 37 12

12 Eleven Arrows 18 3 1 14 15 30 10

Source : The Namibian