Tura Magic beats Stars

WINDHOEK: Tura Magic Football Club’s (FC) captain Niville Tjiueza has destroyed African Star’s share of the spoils after scoring Magic’s third goal, beating Stars by three goals to nil.

African Star’s only goal by substitute Karongee Ninjar cheered star’s fans that filled the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday.

Desperate to score more goals, Star’s failed to convert as Magic’s goalkeeper stood firm to his task.

Magic dominated the ball possession in the first half but could do very little with it and seldom looked like scoring.

Cracking shots that also unleashed from Star’s to award them victory in the first half were tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper and some went straight into his hands.

Fouls committed by Magic’s Maharero Semfried and Star’s Aseb Lindon against their fellow footballers saw them scooping yellow cards from the referee in the first half.

The score sheet was still clear at half-time.

Not too long into the second half, the Katutura based team proved to Star’s that they are really the Magics when Kavezembi Papi netted the ball from his shot just outside the box three minutes into the game.

Taking the ball to centre after Papi’s goal, Magic returned the ball again to Star’s box and Keimuine Itamunua scored their second goal.

Substitute Karongee Ninjar of Star’s then came on in the middle of second half to add their only goal on the scoring sheet.

The match ended in favour of Magic, beating Stars 3-1.

Magic now climbed the ladder from the seventh position on the MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) log stand to the sixth position just after FNB Orlando Pirates.

Magic now has 18 points while Stars still remain second on the log with 23 points.

While the Stars lick its wounds in the aftermath, their coach Wood Jacobs told the media that it is one of their worst defeats this season.

Jacobs described the match as a poor one from them, saying Magic deserved the victory.

“Yes they won and I think they deserve it because they were more goals hungrier than us,” he said.

He stated that their defense in second half was ‘naive’ and Magic punished them for that.

Jacobs however described Magic’s third goal as an off-side but the referee took it.

“I think the referee had a big role to play in tonight’s match but let me not waste my time talking about them because nobody listens, nobody talks about them,” said the angry coach.

He explained that he is just not giving excuses but the state of referring in Namibia is very poor.

“We leave with it and need to put it under our belts and say let’s move on. And I do not know who is going to come from where, maybe Heaven to come and do something about referring in this country, but we will keep fighting and need to redeem ourselves,” he said.

On his part, interim coach of Tura Magic Timo Tjongarero described the match as a very difficult one.

“Big games like this, you do not need to motivate the boys a lot it all comes naturally,” he said.

He said they prepared well for Stars over the week and their preparations have worked out for them.

“For now we just need to take this results, put them together with the oncoming games, because every game for us we need to play as our lives depends on them,” said Tjongarero.

(edited)WINDHOEK; Tura Magic Football Club beat African Stars by three goals to one at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) on Friday.

Tura Magic dominated the first half with good ball possession, but failed to make good use of it.

The first half also saw two yellow cards issued to Tura Magic’s Maharero Semfried and Stars’ Aseb Lindon for foul play.

The score was nil-nil at half-time, but three minutes into the second half, Tura Magic’s Kavezembi Papi netted a goal from outside the penalty box.

That goal was soon followed up by another off the boot of Keimuine Itamunua.

Stars’ substitute Karongee Ninjar came on to score, which turned out to be the only goal for his team on the night.

Tura Magic’s captain Niville Tjiueza scored the third goal 22 minutes after his team’s second goal.

With the victory Tura Magic climbed the log standing with one place from seventh position, and now have 18 points while Stars remain second on the log with 23 points.

Stars’ coach Woody Jacobs said it was one of their worst defeats this season.

“They (Tura Magic) were hungrier for goals than us,” he told the media after the game.

Jacobs, however, described Tura Magic’s third goal as an off-side but the referee allowed it.

“I think the referee had a big role to play in tonight’s match but let me not waste my time talking about it, because nobody listens, nobody talks about them (referees),” he said angrily.

Jacobs explained that he is not giving excuses for losing, but need to say that the state of refereeing in Namibia is very poor.

“I do not know who is going to come from where, maybe Heaven, to come and do something about refereeing in this country, but we will keep fighting and need to redeem ourselves,” he said.

On his part, interim coach of Tura Magic Timo Tjongarero described the match as a very difficult one.

“Big games like this you do not need to motivate the boys a lot, it all comes naturally,” he said.

Tjongarero said his players prepared well for Stars and their preparations worked out well.

“For now, we just need to take this result and put it together with the oncoming games, because we need to play every game as if our lives depend on it,” he said.