Magnificent football display and hunger for more goals saw defending champions Black Africa mesmerising visiting Blue Waters at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday to clinch a well deserve 5-4 victory.
Blue Waters’ early 2-0 lead into the match came as a result of poor communication between BA’s defence and goalie Arnold Subeb.
Tara Katupuse came very close to registering a goal but instead passed the ball to team-mate Roger Katjiteo who failed to put it to good use.
The defending champions created little chances as all went into disarray with sloppy mistakes becoming more evident towards the end of the first stanza.
The blue-and-white outfit was leading 2-0 at half time.
Blue Waters’ deadly striker from Zimbabwe Admire Dzukamanza and Attisaari Hepundjua netted home the early goals.
During the early stages of the second half, Paulus Job stretched the lead to 3-0 signalling an end to any ray of hope for BA to turn the game in their favour.
However, it was Brian Isaacks’ substitutes, Jerome Louis and Eslin Kamuhanga, who came in for Tara and Klas Blom who shot the much needed breather into the second half to the acknowledgement of the team’s die-hard supporters.
Katjiteo’s hard-fought effort paid off when he single-handedly took on BW’s defence to beat goal-stopper Mutelo Jealous to finally open BA’s score-sheet.
Magnificent display by midfielder Willy Stephanus exerted more pressure from the right-wing but it was the brilliant goal that injected more vigour to finally change things in their favour.
Stephanus’ shot hit the crossbar as it crossed the goal-line to bring the score-line to 3-2.
Left-winger Eslin Kamuhanga who came from a long lay-off due to a hamstring injury also added his name to the score sheet as his shot that deflected from BW’s defender beat goalkeeper Jealous to register the much fought for equalizer.
Jealous was stretched off the field after twisting his angle and was replaced by second choice goal-minder Hindinwa Festus.
The magical time for BA finally came on the horizon when BA’s deadly striker Jerome Louis put away a neatly taken cross by Stephanus to surpass BW as they briefly stretched the lead to 4-3.
However, BW came back with an equalizer through Dzukamanza’s header.
The defending champions knocked fiercely on BW’s defence and again it was Louis who came to the rescue when his superb header put the final nail on BW’s coffin to bring the final score-line to 5-4.
BA’s Isaacks had no words to describe the brilliant performance by his charges who came back after trailing 3-0 behind take true champions to deliver.
“I think the boys have now realised the importance of winning the coveted trophy for the third consecutive time,” said Isaacks.
He added that he started off with Katupose and Katjiteo because they are hungrier to play compared to Louis who is mostly in his own comfort zone.
In other Premier League action over the weekend Orlando Pirates played to a one-draw against Ramblers while Eleven Arrows beat Rundu Chiefs by 4-2 with Civics defeating Mighty Gunners by 3-2.
Tigers hammered SKW by a massive 4-1.