Samaria laments missed chances

05 Sep 2019 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Interim Brave Warriors coach, Booby Samaria, has lamented missed chances by his side, despite emerging as 2-1 winners against Eritrea in Asmara during Wednesday’s 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 and that while they have the lead, they will aim to do better in Windhoek, and correct their mistakes.
“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 their finishing been precise.
The match, which was monitored by this agency online, saw the Namibians taking control from the first whistle with the striking pair of Peter Shalulile and Joslin Kamatuka missing two clear chances.
The two however combined in the 50th minute for Shalulile’s goal, before Shalulile forced a defensive error that resulted in Eritrea’s own goal.
At 2-0, Namibia seemed to be cruising but Eritrean captain Henok Goitom 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.
Namibia, however, held on for a precious away win, which puts them in a favourable position ahead of the return leg scheduled to take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the capital on Tuesday.