05 Jul 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) Senior national football team caretaker coach Ronny Kanalelo says lack of experience and decision making was the Brave Warriors weakness when they lost to Zambia.
The 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier match was played at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday.
Namibias senior national football team, the Brave Warriors, lost 6-5 on penalties to Zambia after losing 2-1 in normal play.
Namibia went into the game with a 2-1 aggregate lead after their win at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last month, and the defeat meant the score was level at 3-3 on aggregate for both teams.
A statement availed to Nampa on Sunday by the Namibia Football Association quotes Kanalelo as saying that despite being positive and tactically disciplined on the day, the Namibian team lacked the necessary composure and killer instinct in front of goal.
We had a good game. We had a lot of problems in the first half, but we still managed to dominate play despite us failing to score.
But at the end of the game goals matter, and we did not score as many as we should on the day so we lost. It is hard but we needed experience in the game, he said.
The gaffer added that it is now up to the players to go back and keep on improving as he was impressed with their conduct.
I have been with these players for a very long time in the team and for some we have been together for about a month or two, but the challenge is now up to them to go back and continue to play the way they did over the two legs of the Chan and improve on scoring, he said.
Kanalelo is positive that the Namibian stadiums will be packed again because of the impressive football these players are displaying.
Namibin Chan captain Heinrich Isaacks was also quoted in the statement, expressing disappointed with the teams elimination from the competition after he missed the first crucial penalty in the shoot-out.
As a captain and a player, Im disappointed with the defeat but you never know where the goalkeeper will go and sometimes the ball can also go anywhere.
Its so bad but we are now going home to rest while learning from this disappointment, stated Isaacks.
The team was expected to land at the Hosea Kutako International Airport at 14h00 on Sunday.