Namibia books date with Guinea in World Cup qualifiers

WINDHOEK: National senior football team Brave Warriors beat Gambia 2-1 here on Tuesday afternoon to progress to the next round of the 2018 International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup preliminary qualifiers.
Namibia is now through to the next round of the competition and face Guinea in further qualifying games on the weekend of 09 and 17 November 2015.
In the first leg played in Bakau, Gambia on Friday, the two nations drew 1-1.
On Tuesday afternoon here Gambia opened the score with Pa Amat Dibba who scored the visitors goal in the 12th minute. His strike from outside the box caught the Namibian goalkeeper Maximillian Mbaeva unprepared.
With Namibia dominating possession throughout the game they got their equalizer after brilliant play by Petrus Shitembi to Benson Shilongo who was saved by Gambia’s goalkeeper Alagie Nyabally, but the keeper could not stop a superb rebound from Willy Stephanus who equalized for the home team in the 44th minute.
The half-time score was 1-1.
In the second half Gambia brought in Sulayman Nyassi for Abdoulie Mangally while Namibia brought in Hendrik Somaeb for Benson Shilongo and Peter Shalulile was also later on brought in for the injured Stephanus.
With the changes in the second half Namibia still dominated play and were later reward for their hard work as their super substitute Somaeb combined very well with Shitembi to score the winner for Namibia in the 65th minute.
Speaking to the media after the game Gambia’s coach Raoul Savoy said he was not happy with the referee decision on the day and his steam deserved to reach the extra-time of the game.
“Today the referee was not good, because with Namibia’s second goal I believe it was an offside and that is what killed our plan of just playing until the extra-time because anything could have happened there,” said Savoy.
Namibia’s assistant coach Ronny Kanalelo said he was happy the team reached the next round of the competition despite them playing two different games on the day.
“I would say today we play a game of two half’s because in the first half we made everything difficult for ourselves, we playing long balls but in the second half we had control of the game and made it very difficult for Gambia to even have ball control,” he said.
He added that the team is now ready for their next match when they face Guinea in November.
(edited)WINDHOEK: The senior national football team beat Gambia 2-1 here on Tuesday to progress to the next round of the 2018 International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup preliminary qualifiers.
In the first leg played in Bakau, Gambia on Friday, the two nations drew 1-1.
Namibia now face Guinea in further qualifying games on 09 and 17 November 2015.
On Tuesday afternoon, Gambia opened the scoreboard through Pa Amat Dibba in the 12th minute. His strike from outside the box caught Namibian goalkeeper Maximillian Mbaeva unprepared.
Namibia dominated possession throughout the game and got their equalizer after a superb rebound shot by Willy Stephanus in the 44th minute.
The half-time score was 1-1.
In the second half, Gambia brought in Sulayman Nyassi for Abdoulie Mansally, while Namibia brought in Hendrik Somaeb for Benson Shilongo and Peter Shalulile was also later brought on for the injured Stephanus.
With the changes in the second half, Namibia still dominated play and was later reward for their hard work when super substitute Somaeb combined very well with Shitembi to score the winner for Namibia in the 65th minute.
Speaking to the media after the game, Gambia’s coach Raoul Savoy said he was not happy with the referee’s decision on the day.
“Today the referee was not good, because with Namibia’s second goal I believe it was an offside and that is what killed our plan of just playing until extra-time, because anything could have happened there,” said Savoy.
Namibia’s assistant coach Ronny Kanalelo said he was happy the team reached the next round of the competition, despite them playing two different games on the day.
“In the first half we made everything difficult for ourselves, playing long balls but in the second half we had control over the game and made it very difficult for Gambia to even have ball control,” he said.
Kanalelo added that the team is now ready for their next match against Guinea.