REHOBOTH, 26 Mar – Golden Bees Football Club (FC) became the second regional second division team to pull off a giant killing act after dumping Namibia Premier League team Life Fighters out of the Debmarine Namibia Cup.
In a Round of 32 game played on Sunday at Grootfontein’s Omulunga Stadium, Golden Bees followed in the footsteps of Khuse FC who booted Tigers out of the competition.
Life Fighters led for much of the game through Kleophas Uiseb’s opener, however Golden Bees’ Clemence Nangombe equalised deep into the second half, and the winner had to be determined through penalty kicks.
Golden Bees scored four of their five penalties, with Life Fighters only scoring two.
Coach of Golden Bees, Hardley Ortner on Sunday said they did what they came for and that is to win the game.
“We could have had a penalty after Nangombe was kicked down in the penalty box, but the referee just waved ‘play on’. Our match officials are costing teams games and this needs to be addressed,” Ortner told Nampa.
Nangombe said they are well prepared for the competition, and stand a good chance like all other teams to win the cup.
“We have good players in our team helped by us, the experienced guys. We will now work harder to progress to the last eight of the competition,” Nangombe remarked.
In other matches played on Sunday, Chief Santos defeated Reho Madrid 5-0, Civics beat Rundu Chiefs 2-0, UNAM thumped Eastern Chiefs 7-2, and Dynamos beat Onathinge United 3-2 on penalties after a one-all draw.
Orlando Pirates put their league woes behind and beat Outjo Football Academy 3-1, with Tura Magic winning 5-4 on penalties after a goalless stalemate against Mighty Gunners.
The Round of 16 will be played on the weekend of 21 and 22 April, with the quarter-finals scheduled for 28 and 29 April.