25 Nov 2018 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 NOV (NAMPA) The national senior football team, Brave Warriors on Saturday retained the Dr Hage Geingob Cup after beating Ghana 4-1 on penalties at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital.
Namibia won the cup for the first time in 2017 when they beat Zimbabwe 3-1 at the same venue.
On Saturday, the Namibian outfit comprising of local-based players opened the scoring as early as the 29th minute after Muna Katupose found himself at the end of Absalom Iimbondis cross and made no mistake as he tapped in the opener.
The Namibian players did not look back and continued attacking, but were caught off guard by Ghana in the 35th minute, however, Ghanaian striker Mumuni Shafius efforts did not bear any fruits as his chip on Loydt Kazapua went out.
The first half ended 1-0 in favour of the home team.
In the second half, the Namibian team created more scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net.
With minutes running out, the Namibian players started tiring which made Ghana take control of the game and their hard work paid off as Shafiu headed in an equaliser from a corner.
The last 15 minutes of the game saw Ghana pushing the Namibian team to the edge, but they failed to find the back of the net as their goal in the 89th minute was disallowed for an offside.
The match ended 1-1 and the Namibian team made no mistakes from the spot, converting all their four penalties, while Ghana only managed to score one of the three penalties they took. One of their players missed and the other was saved by Kazapua.
Namibian coach Ricardo Mannetti was overwhelmed with the performance and told the media that his side were the deserving winners.
We played very well and the players had a good day, even the substitutes. Our defence assisted by the midfield was fantastic but as the game went on, it showed that some of our players lacked match fitness, he said.
Mannetti added that the team now has more depth despite struggling in the second half.
I am proud of what we are building, because we now have a pool of players all hungry to represent their country once given a chance, the coach said.