Warriors draw as chances galore go begging

18 Nov 2018 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors wasted several chances as they drew 0-0 with Guinea-Bissau at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.
The Group K qualifier for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) was played in front of a capacity crowd of over 9 000.
The Brave Warriors started the game on the front foot and hit the cross bar twice inside 10 minutes.
First, captain Ronald Katjijere put through Petrus Shitembi whose shot hit the inside of the upright before rolling back into play.
Ananias Gebhardt was next as his header was knocked against the upright by the Bissau goalkeeper, with Namibia showing the intentions of scoring an early goal.
This was to set the tone for the afternoon as the visitors’ striker Fredrick Mendy had his shot from inside the 18-yard box parred by Virgil Vries.
The Namibian goal minder was on hand a few minutes later to deny Mamelodi Sundowns-based striker Brito Silva Toni after he had intercepted Katjijere’s weak header back to the keeper.
Chances continued to go begging as the home team missed several chances, taking the match to 0-0 at half-time.
The second half began the same way as the first as Namibia missed two quick chances within three minutes of the restart.
Midway through the second half, Peter Shalulile broke free but the visitors’ goalkeeper Jonas Mendes smothered his shot in the way of on rushing Willy Patrick Stephanus, whose cross was acrobatically turned towards the goal by Hendrick Somaeb, but Mendes denied him.
The Brave Warriors started shooting from outside the box without any success as Guinea-Bissau defended resolutely for a draw, which keeps them on top of the group.
Man of the match Shitembi thrice shot either at the keeper or over the bar while Stephanus blasted over the bar after being put through by Shitembi.
With time running out, the Brave Warriors brought in Muna Katupose whose first touch of the ball was a bullet header, which was saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper with two minutes remaining.
That proved to be the last goalmouth action as both teams settled for a 0-0 draw.
The two teams are still tied on eight points apiece, with Bissau on top of Group K on head-to-head.
Mozambique and Zambia are on four points each and in third and fourth place respectively before their meeting on Sunday.
Namibia will play Zambia in Lusaka next year in the final qualifying match, hoping for a draw or win so as to qualify for Cameroon 2019.
Bissau will welcome Mozambique.