Brave Warriors through to World Cup qualifier group stages

Petrus Shitembi produced a sterling performance to lead the Brave Warriors to a 2-0 victory over a well organised Eritrea on Tuesday evening at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, as Namibia qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup group stages.

The victory follow a 2-1 win over the same opponents in Eritrea last week, making it a 4-1 aggregate win for the Brave Warriors.

Namibia started off the front foot with Chris Katjiukua twice heading over the bar from corner kicks in the first 10 minutes, while Benson Shilongo rattled the cross bar with a header from another corner in the 25th minute.

The visitors who were well organised grew in confidence managed to test Loydt Kazapua with a free kick, but it was Namibia who struck first in the 24th minute when Absalom Iimbondi beat the Eritrean goalkeeper with a powerful shot in the near post.

Captain Henock Goitom nearly grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of halftime as his shot missed the cross bar with inches to leave the score at 1-0 for the host.

Eritrea improved in the second half but failed to trouble the Namibian defence.

It was however Shitembi who thrilled the crowd with his silky dribbling and passing skills as Namibia dominated possession but failed to capitalise on the many chances they created.

However there was no denying captain Peter Shalulile a goal when substitute Joslin Kamatuka broke free on the right flank and his pin point pass found the unmarked captain who rattled the back of the net to make it 2-0 for Namibian.

We were in control and never really troubled by the opposition and we knew how to get over the line. There were times when the boys were anxious, but we told them to relax and calm down. It was day of letting the birds fly and we let the boys do their thing today. It was a perfect day and we can only march on and see how it gets in the next round, Samaria said.

Namibia will now play in the group stages which kick off in March 2020 in a bid to qualify for their first ever World Cup Finals tournament.

Source: Namibia Press Agency