Namibia, SA Draw As Ghana Rout Westphalia

Namibia got their Four Nations soccer tournament off to a one-all draw with South Africa while Ghana scored an impressive 3-0 victory over Westphalia at the Swakopmund Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

The host Namibia, got the tournament underway with a clash against arch-rivals and neighbours South Africa and the likes of Juumlrgen van der Byl, Pandeni Kandjabanga and Ukaurua Mungendje all had a good showing in the middle in the first half.

Their determination paid off on 17 minutes when striker Jandjamuje Maharero won a free kick 30 metres from the South African goal. Rebels FC midfielder Katiti Hakuria stepped out and hit a ferocious shot that flew into the top left corner of the net to give Namibia a much needed and deserved 1-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, South Africa came out with intent and purpose, with captain Reeve Friosler and teammates Thulani Cele, Shunga Dutiro and Lethabo Mashifane all causing trouble for the Namibian defence.

Namibian defender Collin Amukwaya held out till the 58th minute when South Africa’s Shunga Dutiro flicked in a floated corner kick which went over Namibia’s captain and goalie Donovan Gainub and into the net.

South Africa continued to push for another goal, but Ujama Hangero and Baloyi Standib marshalled the home team’s defence well.

Moments later, Namibian coach Turipamue Upi, moved Pandeni Kandjabanga into midfield and the versatile midfielder stabilised the engine room and got his teammates onto the ball but they lacked a much-needed touch in the final third of the pitch.

Upi said he was satisfied with the result and will now prepare his team for the second game against Ghana on Thursday night.

“We have been with the boys for a few days and they really surprised us. It was a good result although a win could have been more favourable. But we are not complaining and you could see that the boys understand what we want from them and they are starting to gel as a team. That is very important and we now go back to prepare for our next game,” he said.

In the second game of the Day, Ghana took on the more fancied German side of Westphalia and during a fairly balanced first half, it was Ghana who took the lead on the stroke of halftime through midfielder Henry Medarwus. In the second half, Ghana got two more goals through Kofi Amoakoa and substitute Isass Issah to complete a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Westphalia.

Ghana will now face Namibia on Thursday night at 18h00, a game which will be preceded by a duel between South Africa and Westphalia at 16h00, all at the Swakopmund Sports Complex in Vineta, Swakopmund.

Source : The Namibian