Tura Magic finished their campaign in the Southern Stream First Division in style when they beat Young Ones 3-1 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Tura Magic had already qualified for the Namibia Premier League after finishing on top of the table, but this did not deter them as they comfortably beat Young Ones.
Striker Samu Friday scored all three of Tura Magic’s goals after good buildup work by Salom Elago.
Friday opened the scoring after only 3m when he slotted home an Elago pass and 10m later they combined again when Elago won a ball in the box and Friday slammed the ball into the net.
Friday completed his hattrick when he on 35m when he volleyed home Elago’s cross from the left wing.
Wilfried Coetzee replied for Young Ones midway through the second half but Magic held on for the victory.
Tura Magic finished their campaign on 53 points, well ahead of second placed Monitronic College on 45 points.
Tura Magic won 16 of their matches, drew four and only lost one match throughout the season. They scored a total of 55 goals and only conceded 14 goals.
Monitronic College came second on 45 points, while Try Again came third on 37 points, Blue Boys fourth on 36 points and Swakopmund fifth on 31 points.
Young Ones, meanwhile finished bottom of the log and will now be relegated to the second division.
Tura Magic’s coach Timothy Tjongarero said they would try and strengthen their team for next season by signing some experienced players.
“I expect that we will keep all our players, while we also want to sign some experienced players from the Premier League. We will also negotiate with Pirates about the services of Teberius Lombaard, whom we loaned to them, as well as with African Stars, who loaned Collin Ndjai to us,” he said.
“I’m very happy that we qualified for the Premier league. We were actually working on a five-year plan to gain promotion, but we did it in three years now, so we are ahead of our plan. Our main aim now will be to get used to the Premier League, so we will just try and stay there next season,” he said.
The results of all the weekend’s matches were as follows:
Blue Boys 2 Swakopmund 2; Spoilers 0 Monitronic College 2; Try Again 4 Fedics United 3; Windhoek United 3 Unam 2; Young Beauties 0 Desert Rollers 4; Young Ones 1 Tura Magic 3.
Tura Magic will be joined by Rundu Chiefs in the Namibia Premier League next season after Chiefs won the Northern Stream First Division on May 19.
Rundu Chiefs came first with 43 points, followed by Cuca Tops on 39 points and Chief Santos on 38 points.
The former Premier League stalwarts Oshakati City meanwhile finished second last on the log and will now be relegated to the second division along with bottom placed Robber Chanties.
The final log standings of the Southern and Northern Stream First Divisions are attached.
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