Brave Warriors earn Historic Win over Black Stars

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 2, 2019 20:02

Brave Warriors earn Historic Win over Black Stars

By Satish Sekar at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium © Satish Sekar (November 24th 2018)

Ricardo Mannetti’s Brave Warriors retained the Dr Hage Geingob Cup today, beating Maxwell Konadu’s Africa-based Black Stars 4-1 on penalties after an entertaining 1-1 draw. Petrus Shitembi standing in for usual captain Ronald Ketijiere, dispatched the winning penalty after keeper Loydt Kazapau saved Ghanaian skipper Mohammed Fatau’s spot-kick.

Earlier, Willy Stephanus, Marcel Papama and Immanuel Heita had scored theirs for the Brave Warriors while McCarthy Appiah scored for the Black Stars. Kwadmo Amoako didn’t even require Kazapua to make a save. Heita’s successful penalty put pressure on Fatau and his failure gave hitembi the opportunity to clinch the trophy.
Namibia’s President, Dr Geingob, was one of 8000 spectators who saw the Brave Warriors make history – their first win over Ghana. Mannetti’s team had the best of the first half. Aprocius Petrus’ free-kick tested Ghana Goalkeeper, Eric Amtwi. The keeper was up to the task, conceding a corner.

Shitembi pulled the strings in midfield with a skilful and probing performance in midfield – it clearly mattered to the Brave Warriors. Almost half an hour into the match Namibia deservedly took the lead. Absalom Iimbondi claimed the assist with a defence-splitting pass for Muna Katupose, who required two shots – the first was blocked – but the rebound offered an easier chance which Katupose gratefully accepted.

Ghana should have equalised after 34 minutes, but Shafiu Mumuni squandered his excellent work of carving a path through Namibia’s defence by chipping his effort wide with the goal beckoning.

The aptly named Dynamo Fredericks went close twice, once winning a corner, and the other beating the keeper, but not the post.

“We played well in the first half and I was a bit worried whether we would be able to maintain that tempo in second half,” Mannetti told journalists.

“ We didn’t lay well in the second half, but we still created chances with Muna [Katupose] coming close and two chances for Dynamo [Fredericks], so overall I thin we had the better of Ghana over the 90 minutes.”

Ghana played better in the second half and equalised through Yakubu Issah’s header from a corner. The Black Stars almost stole victory in added time when Kwesi Donsu put the ball in the back of the net, but to the chagrin of Ghana’s players and bench, it was chalked off – rightly it turned out – for offside.

“We all thought it was a goal,” the Black Stars’ Africa based-players’ coach Maxwell Konadu said, “but my President told me that it was offside.

“He had a better view, so I have to accept that.”

It went to penalties, and Namibia held their nerve to win 4-1, retaining the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup, which they won last year by beating Zimbabwe..

This was the first time tat the Brave Warriors had upset the Black Stars. Earlier, Namibia’s Under-20 women beat the Under-23s in the curtain raiser.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 2, 2019 20:02