African edge Gunners to win Debmarine Namibia Cup

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Salatuel Kaunatjike scored in extra time to guide Young African to their first ever Debmarine Namibia Cup triumph as they defeated Mighty Gunners 3-2 in a thrilling final played at the Legare Stadium in Gobabis on Saturday afternoon.

The 2013 Namibia Footfall Association (NFA) Cup runner-up, Gunners opened the scoring on nine minutes through Vernon Classen, as they displayed experience and determination to take the game to the home side African.
African had it all to do to get back into the game and they got their equaliser on 32 minutes thanks to Albert Mujikijera and they turned it around as they took a lead through former Tura Magic striker Siemfried Maharero just before halftime.

The game was turning into a classic as both sides pushed for more goals and defended vigorously in the lucrative game and on 63 minutes, Gunners drew parity as they made it 2-2 with a goal from substitute Gabriel David and eventually the sides saw the game into extra time.

It was still deadlocked after 105 minutes and in the second half of extra time, Salatuel Kaunatjike’ s deflected shot kissed the back of the net and it was enough to ensure African, making their maiden cup final, kissed the coveted Debmarine Namibia Cup trophy and hold it aloft. Gunners’ Asser Hara-Ramseb got the Man of the match accolade that came with N$ 5000 and the same amount will be given to a charity of his choice.

It was tears of joys for African and their coach Maleagi Ngarizemo while for Gebhardt Hengari and his troopers of Gunners; it was second time unlucky in the flagship competition of the NFA.

“I’m impressed with the ay we handled Gunners today. It was not easy but in the end we held on. This is a great achievement for us and this can only help to do well in the league as well” Ngarizemo said after the match.

“Overall impressed with the work rate from the boys but we failed to covert our chances and that was the difference today. We finish second yet again and now have to pick up ourselves and march on”, a dejected Hengari said.

During the awards ceremony, Itamunua Keimuine of Tura Magic awaked away with the Top goal scorer award (N$20 000) thanks to his five goals; and Young African’s Himeezembi Hengombe was voted Player of the Tournament (N$20 000). Ngarizemo won the Coach of the Tournament gog (N$ 15 000) and another African representative on the podium, this time in Goalkeeper Mata Mbemutjiua got the Golden Gloves Award (N$ 15 000) as well.