South Africa’s Absa premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned first winners of the inaugurated Dr Hage Geingob Cup after beating African Stars 1-0 at the Independence Stadium on Sunday.
The goal was scored by Zambian international goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene in the 40th minute from a penalty spot after Rodney Ramagalela was fouled in the box by Stars captain Pat Neville-Uanivi.
Stars started of the match strongly with some good link ups between their three attackers that consisted of Bradley ‘Asprilla’ Werman, Edwin Korukuve, and Riaan Cloete who were causing some problems to Sundowns defence in the early opening minutes of the match but it was only their finishing touches that were disappointing.
Stars supporters were the magic moments in the match as they were singing and dancing throughout the match, perhaps because they were still in the celebrating mood after Friday night’s 2-0 win over Black Africa in the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL).
Stars best player on the night was goalkeeper Max Mbaeva who again proved to the club that he is still and will remain number one at the club for years to come after some superb performances which also brings some headaches to national team coach Ricardo Mannetti about who to start in every match for the Brave Warriors.
With Mbaeva in form, the question now remains, who will be the understudy to number one stopper, Virgil Vries with the likes of injured keeper Lloyd Kazapua of Tigers, Edward Maoeva of Civics and now Mbaeva all fighting for that position.
In another match also at the Independence Stadium, Black Africa defeated Tigers for the second time this year, firstly in the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL) (3-0) some few weeks ago and again in the Hage Geingob cup after winning 7-8 on penalties to scoop third place after a 1-1 all after 90 minutes.
Shaun Klazen scored for Tigers, while BA’s captain Da Costa Angula scored for his side before the penalty shootouts.