Sundowns Lift Dr Hage Geingob Cup

Mamelodi Sundowns beat African Stars 1-0 in the inaugural Dr Hage Geingob Cup in Windhoek on Sunday.

A 41st minute penalty goal by goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene gave the South African Premier League champions the victory in front of about 6 000 spectators who had come to celebrate Africa Day at the Independence Stadium.

Both teams gave an attacking display of soccer that kept the crowd entertained throughout the match.

Stars midfielders Bradley Wermann and Riaan Cloete dazzled the crowd with some fancy footwork early on, but Sundowns were the first to threaten when Teko Modise broke into Stars’ box, but defender Dennis Tjetinda kept him at bay.

Sundowns winger Rodney Ramagalela impressed with his speed down the wing, sending in some dangerous crosses, but Stars keeper Max Mbaeva was in fine form and gathered them confidently.

Ramagalela’s speed finally produced the breakthrough, when he broke into Stars’ box but was brought down by Stars’ captain Pat Uanivi. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and Sundowns’ keeper Kennedy Mweene stepped up to take the spot kick. Mweene received a yellow card for delaying tactics, although he clearly did not hear the whistle, but the Zambian keeper then coolly sent Mbaeva the wrong way to give Sundowns the lead just before halftime.

African Stars came out attacking in the second half and McBride Ndjavera and Dennis Tjetinda both came close to scoring from free kicks.

Another dangerous Ndjavera cross was just headed away by Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse, while at the other end, a Modise shot was blocked by the Stars’ defence after a quick counter attack by Ramagalela.

Mbaeva did well to save a Ramagalela header from a Sundowns corner, while Stars midfielder Edy Mangoumou had a long range effort comfortably saved.

In the final minutes, Stars came close to scoring when Mweene parried away a shot by Heinrich Kazerua, while Edwin Korukuve blasted the rebound over the net.

Sundowns however held on for the win which saw them lift the inaugural Dr Hage Geingob Cup for the first time.

In the main curtain raiser, Black Africa beat Tigers 8-7 on penalties after the sides were deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of normal time.

Shaun Klazen gave Tigers the lead midway through the first half, but BAS captain Da Costa Angula equalised when he bundled the ball in from a corner.

The match had to be decided on penalties and after a marathon shootout, Tigers faltered first when their captain Pekka Hamukwaya’s shot was saved. BA midfielder Ananias Gebhardt then coolly hit the back of the net to give BA the victory.

African Stars received N$150 000 and Tigers and Black Africa N$100 000 each. It was not revealed what Sundowns received, due to a confidentiality clause in their contract, but estimates ranged from N$2 million to N$6 million.

Source : The Namibian