Are Tura Magic Ladies Super Cup favourites?
By Michael Uugwanga
TURA Magic Ladies are finding their groove in the 2020/2021 edition of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Women Super, but are they really the favourites of the tournament?
Tura Magic Ladies defeated V-Power Ladies 3-0 in the first leg of their semifinals last Saturday, thanks to goals by the evergreen Thomalina Adams (one goal) and hot-shooter Anna-Marie Shikesho with two goals to edge closer to their second successive Super Cup final.
The two teams will square up again on Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre in their second leg to determine which team will play in the final that is slated for February 27.
Tura Magic Ladies lost the Super Cup to NamPol Khomas in the 2018 edition final that was held in Gobabis.
Tura Magic Ladies are currently the NFA Women Super League reigning champions and comprise of national team players such as Lovisa Mulunga, Thomalina Adams, Emma Naris, Mellisa Matheus, Elmarie Iyambo, Memory Ngonda, Millicent Hikuam, Beyonce Cloete and Lydinana Nanamus.
Despite his team being bookies’ favourites to lift the Super Cup, coach Shamma Gure has said that his team will not be writing off V-Power in the second leg.
“I cannot say that it is a done and dusted result for us. I cannot write off V-Power in the second leg and I am also not saying that I do not have confidence in my team. We just need to fix some areas in our team. Our dream of course is to win the cup.
“People are entitled to their own opinion (favourites). V-Power are a good team and they really gave us a tough match in the first leg and we can expect a similar tough encounter in the second leg once again,” he said.
The other semifinal second leg match will see surprise package Galz & Goals continuing with their impressive display against the Super Cup titleholders NamPol, whom they earlier defeated 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from speedy striker Beverly Uueziua.
Coach of NamPol, Adelino Baptista is still confident that his team can overturn the 1-0 deficit and go all the way to the final.
“Our hope of winning the second leg is still high. I cannot predict the scoreline in the second leg but I can say that we will be at our best,” said Baptista.