Brave Warriors Out of 2015 Afcon Qualifiers

Despite a g first half in Pointe-Noire, the Brave Warriors suffered a devastating 3-0 defeat on Sunday against Congo at the Complex Sportif de Pointe Noire to miss out on the road to the 2015 CAF Nations Cup in Morocco.

After leading the first leg 1-0 after a Rudolph Bester goal in Windhoek a fortnight ago, the Warriors knew all the hard work was still to be done in Pointe Noire in the second leg.

Congo started on the attack, but Namibia stuck to their guns and kept them out, while Hendrik Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Rudolph Bester and Willy Stephanus came to the fore for the Warriors. Somaeb and Bester had two great chances which they failed to convert, an Congo pounced to take the lead a minute before the break.

A miscommunication at the back, between goalkeeper Virgil Vries and the defensive pair of Da Costa Angula and Willem Mwedihanga allowed Congo striker Silvere Ganvoula to give his side the lead on the stroke of halftime.

It got worse for Namibia as Congo scored their second through a header from Fode Dore from a corner kick that the Brave Warriors failed to clear just two minutes into the second half.

Wangu Gome came on for Rudolf Bester, while Somaeb was replaced by Jerome Louis and Emilio Martin replaced the injured captain Ronald Ketjijere as coach Ricardo Mannetti rallied his charges for a possible comeback.

But it was not to be as Congo got their third goal through Ladislas Douniama with 16 minutes left to play.

Congo went on to win 3-0 on the day and 3-1 on aggregate to aance to the next preliminary qualification round where they will take on Rwanda.

For Namibia its back to the drawing board as they start preparing for the annual Cosafa Cup, taking place in Botswana between 13-28 September this year.

Starting line-up for the Brave Warriors: Virgil Vries, Denzil Haoseb, Da Costa Angula, Willem Mwedihanga, Freedom Puriza, Willy Stephanus, Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Heini Isaacks, Hendrik Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi and Rudolf Bester. Substitutes: Max Mbaeva, Emilio Martin, Panduleni Nekundi, Wangu Gomes, Jerome Louis, Ananias Gebhardt, Neville Tjiueza. – nfa.org.na

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Source : The Namibian