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Citizens chairman seeks divine wisdom for cup success

Tue, 22 April 2014 02:32
by Michael Uugwanga

Chairman of the MTC/Namibia Premier League (NPL)-bound Citizens, Dawid Goagoseb says he will turn to God for his side to clinch the Bidvest Namibia Cup 2014 edition.
Citizens booked a place into the semi-finals of the competition after beating Kaizen Football Academy (KFA) last month, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Two beautiful goals, courtesy of Jan Vleermuis and Lesley So-Oabeb, ended KFA’s hopes of becoming the first second-division side to reach the competition’s semi-finals. “It’s not impossible to win the competition, although the big guns (Tura Magic, United Stars and African Stars) are favourites. This will need divine intervention,” asserts Goagoseb.
Citizens, which is on the verge of clinching a double, after sealing the first-division title two months ago, will have to wait and see which team it meets in the semi-finals.
As it stands, whatever happens in the semi-finals, Citizens is guaranteed a cool N$115 000 for its trouble. The winners of the competition will walk away with N$550 000 while the loosing finalists will pocket N$220 000. Other clubs that have also made it to the semi-finals of the competition include three MTC/NPL clubs; Tura Magic, United Stars and current holders of the competition, African Stars.
Although Citizens is the underdog, it cannot be taken lightly, considering it has plenty of players who are capable of beating any side in any match.
Ronald Chari, 34, has since run the show with poise and panache - the sort of qualities other NPL clubs lack. Chari is no doubt one of the team’s best player this season, picking up loose balls and unleashing a couple of powerful drives on goal, although he didn’t get such freedom against KFA.
Citizens coach, George Ochurub, meanwhile has said he is relieved by the exit of Tigers, which had been knockout out by United Stars and that with the latter gone, his side now stands a good chance of winning the cup.
“I only feared Tigers, compared to other teams left in the competition (African Stars, Tura Magic and United Stars). I know most people might underestimate us but we are ready to win, believe me,” enthuses Ochurub.