Brave Warriors beat Eritrea

Brave Warriors defeated Eritrea by 2-1 in a 2022 Federation of International Football Federations (FIFA) World Cup preliminary qualifying match played in Asmara on Wednesday afternoon.

The match which was monitored by this agency online saw the Brave Warriors waste several first half chances as they lacked composure in front of goal, as they failed to beat the one of the lowest ranked footballing nation in the world.

Namibia are currently ranked 121 in the world while Eritrea is ranked 202 out of 211 countries.

Namibia, who were expected to steamroll past Eritrea, who have only played six international matches failed to use their superior experience and ball possession, as they dominated the match, but failed to produce anything tangible in the first half.

The first 30 minutes of the second half saw a much improved performance by Namibia as they scored two goals in eight minutes to all but seal progression to the next round.

The first goal came from captain fantastic Peter Shalulile in the 50th minute who latched onto a Joslin Kamatuka through pass to beat the off side trap and the onrushing Eritrean goalkeeper.

Shalulile was then involved in the second goal as he forced an error from a defender who then conceded an own goal to make it 2-0 for the Namibians.

However Eritrean captain Henok Goitom then set up a tense finish when tapped in from close range to make it 2-1 and give his team hopes of producing a shock result against their higher ranked opponents.

The goals seemed to rattle the Namibians as they started committing silly mistakes and allowing the home team to create chances.

However the Red Sea Camels, as Eritrea is known failed to utilise the chances they created leaving the match at 2-1 in favour of Namibia at the end.

The return leg will take place on 10 September 2019, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 19h00 Stadium.

Source: Namibia Press Agency