Super Sub Seibeb Strikes Again

‘SUPER SUB’ Johannes Seibeb scored the winning goal with virtually his first touch of the ball as African Stars beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in their Biest Namibia Cup Last 16 match on Wednesday night.

After coming on as a sub with seven minutes to go, Seibeb burst down the right and sent in a long cross that eluded Pirates keeper Charles Uirab and flew in at the far post.

It was the second time that ‘Super Sub’ Seibeb had recently won the game for Stars after scoring two late goals against Petro Atletico de Luanda a month ago.

Seibeb’s goal sent Pirates packing and kept the defending champions’ dream of successfully defending their title, alive.

Like previous encounters between these two arch rivals, the game was played at a high tempo, with firm tackles, fouls and yellow cards on both sides. But despite all the action, there were few clearcut chances and the game seemed to be heading for penalties before Seibeb’s 83m goal.

Stars did the early attacking with a dipping free kick by Bradley Wermann being tipped away by Uirab.

A Meraai Swartbooi freekick was blocked, while Heinrich Kazerua sent a dipping effort over the crossbar.

At the other end, Max Mbaeva comfortably saved a shot by Gustav ‘Image’ Isaak, while Nicky Musambani’s shot was blocked by a scrambling Stars’ defence.

The best chance came just before halftime when Swartbooi rounded Uirab, but his shot from an acute angle hit the post.

The hard running continued in the second half and Stars came close when Kazerua’s header from a free kick was tipped over the bar.

For Pirates, Terdius Uiseb shot a freekick into the wall, while a slick counterattack ended with Isaack shooting tamely straight at Mbaeva.

In the final stages, both coaches made changes, with Innocent van der Westhuizen coming on for Terdius Uiseb for Pirates, while Ikuaterua Tjozongoro returned for Stars after a long injury layoff when he came on for Wermann.

But it was Seibeb’s appearance, coming on for Riaan Cloete in the 83rd minute, that finally broke the deadlock.

Source : The Namibian