Warriors Overshadow Youngsters

The Brave Warriors proved too g for a tired looking Shadow Team, beating them 4-0 in front of a capacity crowd at the historic Oscar Norich Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from striker Panduleni Nekundi and midfielder Neville Tjiueza gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead at halftime before further efforts from winger Hendrik Somaeb and Nekundi secured the win.

Despite their best efforts, the Shadow Team youngsters always looked second best in what was one of the most lopsided matches ever played in the tournament.

They were on the back foot from the onset, as the Brave Warriors’ midfield bossed the tempo and denied their young aersaries time and space.

It was little surprise when Nekundi opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, firing hard and low to goalkeeper Theodor Gaeseb’s right as the ball fizzed past his outstretched hand and nestled in the back of the net.

The goals sparked little interest from the crowd, who instead tried to invigorate the Shadow team for mastering an interrupted sequence of passes.

However the experimental Warriors kept up the pressure and were soon two goals to the good when Tjiueza drilled in his effort with halftime looming.

After picking up possession outside the penalty area, Tjiueza steadied himself before unleashing a right foot grass cutter beyond the despairing reach of Gaeseb, whose only consolation was being rewarded with the man-of-the-match award for keeping the scoreline low by pulling off several stunning saves.

Even after making a host of changes in the second half, the Warriors maintained their relentless assault and registered a further two goals in quick succession to effectively end the match as a contest.

First Somaeb neatly curled in his effort from just outside the area, then Nekundi completed his brace with a thumping shot into the roof of the net from close range.

Source : The Namibian