Wasteful Warriors Blow Chances Against Seychelles

Namibia’s Brave Warriors wasted a host of chances as they were held to a goalless draw by Seychelles in their opening Cosafa Cup match at Moruleng Stadium in South Africa’s North West province on Sunday.

Namibia’s total dominance of the match was borne out by the statistics at the end of full time: Namibia had 28 goal attempts compared to seven by Seychelles, while they had seven shots on target compared to one.

Namibia also had 60 percent of the possession compared to 40 percent for Seychelles.

After the match national coach Ricardo Mannetti couldn’t hide his frustration at their lack of fire power in attack and said they needed to make some serious changes.

“I cannot tolerate this any more and we will have to make some serious changes. Hopefully Benson (Shilongo) will arrive tomorrow so I will use him for our next game,” he said.

Mannetti however remained confident that Namibia could win their remaining matches against Zimbabwe and Mauritius.

“We dominated the game but we should not be worried or press the panic buttons. We need to beat Zimbabwe and Mauritius and I know that we can do that,” he added.

The coach of the Seychelles, Ulric Mathiot said their tactics for the match had paid off.

“We played as a team. We were on the back foot for most of the match, but that was our intention because I knew the opposition was quick, but they could not finish off their chances. We built up our defence which was well organised,” he said.

Namibia attacked from the start and striker Nicky Musambani already missed a tight chance in the first minute when he received the ball in the box but could not score from a tight angle.

With Namibia’s midfield dominating, more chances came their way but Petrus Shitembi, Hendrik Somaeb and Deon Hotto all shot wide of the target.

Seychelles’ keeper Jose Euphrasie made his first real save from a Somaeb shot midway through the first half, while Musambani failed to finish off two chances in quick succession a few minutes later.

Wing-back Ananias Gebhardt came close with a long range cracker that skimmed the crossbar on 33 minutes, but Seychelles nearly took the lead against the run of play six minutes later. They won a freekick on the edge of Namibia’s box, but Namibian keeper Virgil Vries was up to the task, punching away a curling shot by Gervais Waye-Hive.

Namibia’s dominance continued in the second half as a long-range effort by captain Ronald Ketjijere skimmed the crossbar, while Hotto broke through on goal, only to be denied by an outrushing Euphrasie.

Mannetti rang the changes in the second half, bringing on Denzil Hoaseb for Denis Tjetinda, Sadney Urikhob for Hendrik Somaeb and Itamuna Keimuine for Musambani, but still the chances went astray.

Urikhob wasted a great chance when he was put clear in the box but took too long to shoot, while Musambani missed several attempts before he was substituted.

In extra time Namibia once again wasted two great chances with Urikhob and Ananias Gebhardt shooting over the bar and Seychelles nearly snatched a dramatic win from a counterattack in the final minute.

Renick Esther broke clear of Namibia’s defence, but keeper Vries brought off a fine save to deflect his shot away from goal.

Source : The Namibian