Bester’s Goal Gives Namibia Victory

Rudolf Bester came off the bench to score the winner as the Brave Warriors won 1-0 against Congo in their first leg of their 2015 CAF Nations Cup qualifiers at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday night.

Bester came on for Panduleni Nekundi with less than 20 minutes left to play and immediately made an impact as he hit the back of the net only to be ruled offside.

But with two minutes of normal time to go, Bester received a great through ball from Heini Isaacks, and after timing his run to perfection, he kept his composure to shoot past Congo’s aancing keeper Henri Mafoumbi to give Namibia a well earned victory.

Namibia started the match on the offensive and the likes of Tangeni Shipahu, Lazarus Kaimbi and the impressive Willy Stephanus had the Congolese defence under constant pressure.

Stephanus nearly scored but his fierce shot from the left flew inches over the cross bar, while Nekundi had a shot in the box blocked.

Kaimbi hit the back of the net on 25m but was ruled offside after collecting a fine throughball from Shipahu, letting fly and heading the rebound into the net.

Denzil Haoseb also had a fine game at right back and captain Ronald Ketjijere was imposing in midfield together with Heinrich Isaacks.

In the second half, Congo started asserting themselves in midfield through Fabrice Nguessi, Chanel Ndinga and Guelord Bhebey and their striker Meyair Douniama.

But as the game continued, Namibia’s fans started calling for substitutions and coach Ricardo Mannetti heeded the call as he introduced Bester for Nekundi, Petrus Shitembi for Stephanus and Hendrik Somaeb for Shipahu.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Isaacks collected the ball in midfield and raced through before sending a perfect pass to Bester who confidently placed the ball past Mafoumbi, to send the stadium into frenetic celebrations.

The two teams will now prepare for the second and final leg in Pointe-Noire in Congo Brazzaville on 1 June 2014.

Source : The Namibian