Oshana Upset Defending Champs to Book Final Spot

The Namibian Newspaper Cup’s second semi-final was a nervy affair, which ended in a shock result. The 1 – 1 draw between Otjozondjupa and Oshana only came alive at the end with Oshana converting 3 and Otjozondjupa only 1 of their penalties.

It was the defending champions however who had the bulk of the first half chances.

They had a penalty shout, a shot flying off the post and a last gasp clearance early on. While they were more enterprising, Oshana looked nervous and made silly errors in defence.

The crestfallen crowd were still working through their disappointment of the previous match that saw the hosts Oshikoto bundled out by Kavango.

It was a dull first half but the massive crowd stayed on.

They were soon rewarded when last year’s player of the tournament, Otjozondjupa defender Ngumatjiua Hindjou let a cross bounce in front of him. The keeper was caught in two minds and Oshana’s Petrus Sakaria strolled in between the dallying due to head into the empty net.

One of the tournament’s top goal scorers, Glen Kamutjete was largely ineffective and occasionally had to pull out to the left to get the ball.

But Otjozondjupa were given a lifeline when Uaseuako Katjikua was brought down in the area.

Kamutjete scored from the spot but was ordered to retake. He kept his cool and slotted it in the same corner where he blasted it in moments earlier.

The defending champs were alive again and attacked with verve.

The final whistle came soon thereafter and the teams had to endure the dreaded penalty shootout.

Only Hindjou for Otjozondjupa could score his spot kick and Oshana was in the final.

Man of the match Petrus Sakaria received his award from Dundee precious Metals CEO, Hans Nolte.

Source : The Namibian