Tigers, Magic Share the Spoils

Tigers and Tura Magic battled it out to a hard-fought 1-1 draw at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday night.

Magic took the lead just before halftime through Peter Shalulile but Tigers substitute Protash Kabwe equalised on 66m. Magic midfielder Papi Kavezembi was sent off with 18 minutes remaining after picking up a second yellow card, but they defended admirably in the final stages, non more so than goalkeeper Collin Ndjai who brought off some great saves.

There were few chances in the first half as both teams’ defences held sway, while the referee had his hands full with some heavy tackles on both sides, with Brian Mapfumo of Tigers and Papi Kavezembi of Tura Magic receiving yellow cards.

Kavezembi, Neville Tjiueza and Junias Theophilus put in some fine attacks for Tura, but they could not break through Tigers’ pressing defence.

A rasping freekick by Salom Pamp was punched clear by Fox Nambundunga, while another freekick by Alfeus Handura went wide.

Magic broke the deadlock just before the break when Neville Tjiueza sent in a cross from the left and Peter Shalulile rose unopposed at the far post to head the ball into the net.

Tigers came out attacking in the second half and Absalom Imbondi had an early shot tipped for a corner, while a cracking shot by Protash Kabwe was blocked by the defence.

Magic keeper Ndjai did well to save from Imbondi after a cross by Peka Hamukwaya went loose on 63 minutes, but three minutes later Tigers drew level when Kabwe slammed home Imbondi’s cutback.

Magic midfielder Kavezembi was red carded shortly afterwards but despite being a man down, Tura did well to withstand Tigers’ attacks in the final stages, with keeper Ndjai in fine form.

He saved well from Benson Shilongo

Ndjai, who also had to receive treatment for an injury after making a brave save, saved well from Benson Shilongo and then brought off a reflex save at a corner from Panduleni Nekundi’s header.

With four minutes remaining he once again brought off a fine save from a Nekundi lob, to ensure that Magic take a share of the spoils.

The result sees Tigers remaining fourth on 36 points, while Tura Magic are fifth on 30 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 20 10 6 4 31 22 36

5 Tura Magic 21 8 6 7 21 19 30

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