Samaria laments missed chances

Interim Brave Warriors coach Booby Samaria has lamented missed chances by his side, despite emerging as 2-1 winner against Eritrea in Asmara on Thursday in a 2022 Federation of International Football Federations (FIFA) World Cup preliminary qualifying match.

Speaking to Nampa via WhatsApp after the match, Samaria however refused to blame his players saying what matters is that his side got two away goals, saying while they have the lead, they will aim to do better in Windhoek, and correct their mistakes.

Like we said, ranking means nothing in these games. It depends on your form on the day. Eritrea is a team that has improved in leaps and bounds, so much that they imported seven players from Sweden for the match, he explained.

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

Samaria added that the Brave Warriors could have killed off the match as a contest in the first half had the finishing been precise.

The match which was monitored by this agency online by this agency, saw the Namibian's control the match from the first whistle, with the striking pair of Peter Shalulile and Joslin Kamatuka missing two clear cut chances.

The two however combined in the 50th minute for Shalulile's goal, before Shalulile forced a defensive error off the Eritrean's for an own goal and Namibia's second of the match.

At 2-0, Namibia seemed to be cruising but 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.

But Namibia held on for a precious away win, which sets up slightly easier home game on Tuesday 10 September at Sam Nujoma Stadium for the Brave Warriors.

Source: Namibia Press Agency