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Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 2, 2019 20:28

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By Satish Sekar at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium © (November 25th 2018)

The second and third placed Tura magic and Mighty Gunners met in a lop-sided encounter with saw Ghanaian legend Mohammed Gargo incensed at the quality of officiating. Tura Magic lost 0-3 – one in the first half and two in the first twenty minutes of the second half. Despite a poor performance, Gargo saved his wrath for the officials.

Gargo was convinced that the officials applied different standards to challenges from the Mighty Gunners compared to his team. He demanded significant improvements before paying tribute to AFCON winning compatriot Salifu Fuseini who recently passed away, having never recovered from a stroke which contributed to diabetes.

In the second match, Namibian legend Ismael ‘Lemmy’ Narib saw his Orlando Pirates – yes there’s a Namibian version – currently in the process of rebuilding, lose 0-2 to Blue Water. Narib was not surprised and sees it as a long-term project as some departures have affected the balance of the squad and team.

The quality of the club matches didn’t match yesterday’s effort by the Brave Warriors, although Ricardo Mannetti has had time to shape his team, and that is now bearing fruit as Namibia has made history by beating Ghana, and stands on the brink of qualification for next summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The 2012 winners, Zambia, touted as the favourites, have had a disastrous campaign under Cameroon’s AFCON winning former assistant coach Sven Vandenbrouck in his first job as a head coach. Vandenbrouck has led the Chipolopolo to elimination with a match to spare.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 2, 2019 20:28