04 Sep 2019 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) The Brave Warriors defeated Eritrea 2-1 in a 2022 International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) World Cup preliminary qualifying match played in Asmara, Eritrea on Wednesday.
The match, which was monitored by this agency online, saw the Brave Warriors waste several first-half chances as they lacked composure in front of goal, failing to beat one of the lowest ranked footballing nations in the world.
Namibia are currently ranked 121st globally, while Eritrea is ranked 202nd out of 211 countries.
Namibia, who were expected to steamroll Eritrea who have only played six international matches, failed to use their superior experience and ball possession, as they dominated the match but failed to produce anything tangible in the first half.
The first 30 minutes of the second half saw an improved performance by Namibia as they scored two goals in eight minutes to all but seal their progression to the next round.
The first goal came from captain fantastic Peter Shalulile in the 50th minute who latched onto a Joslin Kamatuka throughpass to beat the offside trap and the onrushing Eritrean goalkeeper.
Shalulile was then involved in the second goal as he forced an error from a defender who then conceded an own goal to make it 2-0 for the Namibians.
Eritrean captain Henok Goitom however then set up a tense finish when he 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.
The goals seemed to rattle the Namibians as they started making silly mistakes and allowing the home team to create chances.
However the Red Sea Camels, as Eritrea are known, failed to utilise the chances they created leaving the match at 2-1 in favour of Namibia at the end.
The return leg will take place on 10 September 2019 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.