Warriors braced for Guinea
The Brave Warriors will face Guinea on Sunday in their second 2021 Afcon qualifier match.
15 November 2019 | Sports
The Brave Warriors will go into their second Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) group qualifier against Guinea on Sunday brimming with confidence.
This is after they earned a 2-1 victory over visiting Chad on Wednesday night at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in their first group match.
They will now travel to Conakry to face the Elephants of Guinea.
Wednesday’s match kicked off in a scrappy manner, which resulted in interim Warriors coach Bobby Samaria making a tactical change in the 35th minute, with Joslin Kamatuka replacing Larry Horaeb.
Kamatuka proved to be a thorn in the flesh of the visitors with his pace, but the match was goalless at halftime.
In the second half, the action started picking up, with the Namibians eventually getting a goal through Highland Parks’ Peter Shalulile, whose salvo in the 66th minute, was pushed against the upright and into the net by Guinea goalkeeper Eli Mathieu Adoassou.
Just two minutes after Shalulile’s goal things were level, as Guinea’s Indonesia-based captain Ezechiel N'Douassel scored for the visitors through a fine header from a corner-kick.
The Namibians, however, had the last say through defender Chris Katjiukua, who plays in South Africa for Black Leopards.
He scored the winner through a brilliant header in the 76th minute.
“In the first half we struggled because we came through the middle and we couldn't penetrate, but after the break we aimed to stretch them and it worked. We will build on this win and look forward,” Samaria said after the match.
The Namibians had more chances to score, but squandered their opportunities.
The Warriors will need to be clinical in front of goal if they want to secure a second win against Guinea on Sunday.
Guinea are better ranked (78th) than Namibia (119th) and were due to play their first group qualifier against Mali last night.
The Namibians lead Group A with three points and will play Mali next year.