Ten-man Civics beat Arrows 07.10.2007
Cortesy by Namibiasport
Civics beat Eleven Arrows 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on October 6, despite playing with ten men for most of the second half.
New signing Victor Helu scored the only goal of the match shortly before halftime in a match of few highlights. Once again a disappointing crowd of only about 100 people turned up to watch the early pace setters Arrows against the defending champions Civics.
Civics were the first to attack, forcing an early corner from which defender Donelly Nel headed against the bar. With another new signing, Bradley Wermann combining well with his forwards, more chances came Civics' way and Arrows' keeper Vonk Tjihenuna had his hands full. He first saved a stinging shot by Brian Brendell and then once again saved well from William Chilufya's shot.
Arrows nearly took the lead against the run of play when they initiated a quick counter attack and Jocky Bendu hit the crossbar with Civics' keeper Danzyl Bruwer stranded in no man's land. But poor defending by Arrows gave Civics the lead just before halftime. Patrick Mkontwana sent in a cross which somehow eluded all the Arrows defenders in the box and an unmarked Helu tapped it into the goals at the far post.
Wermann sent off
Civics were reduced to 10 men shortly after halftime when Bradley Wermann was sent off for swearing, but Arrows couldn't press home their advantage.
Striker Sheya Andimba wasted their best chance when he received the ball in space but blasted wide with an open goal gaping.
At the other end Civics' industrious midfielder Jamu Ngatjizeko raced onto a throughball into Arrows' box, but collided with Arrows' keeper Vonk Tjihenuna. Play was stopped for about 10 minutes as Tjihenuna received treatment and he eventually had to be taken to hospital after suffering a bump to the head. Arrows turned on the pressure in the final minutes with Mervin Katjivere, Robert Nganjone and Veno Namolo all putting in sharp attacks, but Civics' defence stood firm till the end. For Civics, Donelly Nel, Franklin April and Sedekia Haukambe were steady in defence, while the hard working Jamu Ngatjizeko stood out in midfield. Their striker William Chilufya and Geofrey Roman were however a bit wayward. Arrows' best players were Mervyn Katjiveri, Timoteus Iipinge and Veno Namolo.