Civics crowned 2021 NFA MTC Cup AWEH champions
Civics clinched the final of the NFA (Namibia Football Association) MTC Cup AWEH with a 3- 2 victory over Mighty Gunners at the Vineta Sports Field in Swakopmund.
The champions took home N$500 000 while runners-up Mighty Gunners received N$200 000. The Windhoek-based Civics were in a ruthless form and established a 2-0 lead. Aubrey Amseb and Quinton Uruseb found the back of the net for the “Bethlehem Boys”. Vernon Klaasen found the target for the Mighty Gunners (which hails from Otjiwarongo) and made the score 2-1, before half time.
Might Gunners came out blazing and dominated play for long spells in the second half. Civics however managed to stretch their lead (3-1) through a goal by Marcell Papama. A second goal scored for “the Gunners” by Shivolo Mutumbulwa (3-2), contributed to a nail-biting finish and ensured an entertaining final.
“I am very happy that we won the cup. All our hard work in training paid off. Our game plan was to attack and it helped us to get the early goals,” said Civics coach, Lerry Zimmer. According to the Gunners coach Gebhard Hengari, defensive mistakes cost his team the match. “We were playing against the wind in the first half and proceeded with caution. We also made silly mistakes at the back which cost us,” he said. Both coaches expressed their delight that the Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed in order to allow contact sports.
The Mighty Gunners skipper Olsen Ameb was named man of the match while Civics goal minder Virgil Namaseb was named goalkeeper of the tournament. In the third-place play-off, home crowd favourite Blue Waters from Walvis Bay defeated Gobabis-based Young African 3-1 and bagged N$ 150 000.