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Another magical title for Tura

Tura Magic Ladies celebrated a third league crown success with a 18-1 demolition of relegated Rightway Phoenixes at the NFA Technical Centre in Windhoek on Saturday.

The Magicians striker and leading scorer, Anna-Marie Shikusho, scored six goals in the FNB Women Super League season-concluding match to improve her tally to 40, which is still some way off the 55 strikes that Fiola ‘Halaand’ Vliete registered over the campaign.

Powerhouse midfielder Memory Ngonda also scored six times against the Phoenixes, as defender Emma Naris and playmaker Juliana Blou weighed in with a brace each, with utility player Ivone Kooper also on target, while the Phoenixes’ Gilermina Edwardo scored an own goal.

Magic led 11-0 at half-time and could have won by a much wider margin had it not been for poor finishing and last occasional stout defending from the rivals.

“It was an exciting match. I’m happy. The girls played accordingly. The performance was very good. This is what we wanted to see throughout the season,” head coach Shama Gure said afterwards.

“The plan was to win the league. We started a bit slow, mainly because of fitness. But, we always had it in mind to play well and get the best results.”

Champion captain Lovisa Mulunga, who has played in every outfield position this season, was elated with the teams’ continued success.

“Every time feels like the first time. So, this is one of those moments where we feel ‘wow, we’re proud of ourselves,” she said.

Mulunga believes they got a thorough workout and deserved to move within one title of record WSL winners Okahandja Beauties.

“We had strong opponents. It was quite competitive and fun at the same time,” said Mulunga.

Gure conceded that his side could do with a bit more competition if more teams upped their game.

Magic lost once and drew two of their 25 matches, and ended the 2022/23 season with a goal difference of plus 129.

“The league is competitive. However, not all the teams in the league are as competitive. There’s a little bit of an imbalance in terms of how teams are prepared and how they approach the games.

I think it’s how well you prepare that determines how well you come out and showcase your talent,” Gure said.

Despite another lopsided encounter, Magic’s season-ending match was good preparation for the upcoming CAF Women’s Champions League-qualifying tournament in South Africa, Gure said.

“It means a lot. That was the grand prize. We were chasing after it like any other team. So, going into the champions league, it’s a morale-booster for us as well,” the back-to-back title winning coach said.

“The [Champions League] level is intense. Much is expected of us, we’re going to beef up our training and also work on the areas we found ourselves exposed during the league,” said Gure.

Mulunga added that: “This time we hope to at least go through to the second round. The idea is to really put Namibia, so we’re gonna work as hard as possible to get to the next round. I believe we’re in a better position than last time because of more support we’re getting.”

In other action, Ramblers punished relegated Omaheke Queens 5-1 on Friday before playing to a one-all stalemate against Ongwediva Queens on Saturday.

Arrows Ladies ended the season in style, beating fellow coastal side Namib Daughters 5-1.

Khomas NamPol beat Girls & Goals 2-0 victory and with V Power Angels edging Nust Babes 1-0.

Beauties beat Okahandja FC 3-1