Under-23 preparation going well in Ghana

WINDHOEK; The coach of the Under-23 national football team, Woody Jacobs says he is happy with the team’s progress in Ghana.

The team left for that country last week for a two-week training camp prior to the U-23 All Africa Championships qualifiers. The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has an agreement with the Ghanaian Football Association under which women’s and men’s U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams train at that country’s state-of-the-art football facilities.

The team has so far played two games in Ghana, and are expected to play two more before coming back home.

In their second game against Ghana’s U-20 side played in Accra on Sunday, the Namibia Premier League (NPL)’s Young Player of the Season, Wangu Gome gave the Namibian national youth team an early lead in their 1-1 draw with Ghana.

A media statement availed to Nampa by the NFA on Monday said Gome of Civics Football Club (FC) opened the scoring for the Namibian side on 21 minutes, but Ghana’s Prosper Kasim pulled one back, and levelled the score nine minutes later to open up the already entertaining game.

The Namibians are said to have thrilled the crowd at the stadium with their skilful display during the match.

A report on ghanasoccernet.com on Sunday said Jacobs believed his side should have clinched the victory against their Ghanaian juniors.

“I think we deserved to win the game, we had some good chances to win it. We were put under pressure at times by Ghana but I think we managed that quite well. But all in all, I think we played some good football and we deserved to win the game,” the coach was quoted as saying.

Last Thursday, the Namibians beat Ghana Premier League returnees Fetteh Feyenoord 1-0.

Black Africa’s Leroy Adams scored the only goal of the encounter at the Feyenoord Stadium in Gomoa, about an hour’s drive from Accra.

The Namibians will play Ghana’s national Under-17 side in Accra on Wednesday and at the end of the week, engage Heart of Lions, runners-up from the last Ghana Premier League season.