Brave Warriors and Zambia in exciting draw
Brave Warriors and Zambia drew 1-1 after a thrilling match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
The match was for the 2019 AFCON qualifier games in Group K.
Substitute Benson Shilongo put Namibia in the lead only for Justine Shonga of Zambia to make it one-all.
Shilongo was a second-half substitute replacing Wangu Gome, and on 78 minutes Petrus Shitembi found space in the Zambian half before playing in another substitute Hendrick Somaeb who under pressure from Kennedy Mweene in the Zambia goal, squeezed the ball through and the ever-alert Shilongo poked home from close range with 11 minutes left to play.
Zambia got their goal in added time as Shonga’s free-kick was deflected into the back of the net off the header of Ananias Gebhardt.
Brave Warriors, Willy Stephanus, tested Zambian veteran goalkeeper with a fine free kick on 15 minutes which the latter tipped over for a corner kick.
Another Warriors' returnee Sadney Urikhob left Stoppila Sunzu for dead on 35 minutes before playing an inviting ball in, which Stephanus squared off to Deon Hotto whose shot was blocked and cleared for safety.
A minute later Riaan Hanamub won a tussle with Augustine Mulenga, raced down the left before playing a beautiful ball for Hotto to chase and the latter’s shot was just wide of goal with Mweene in no-man’s land.
Urikhob had a final chance at goal in the closing stages, but Zambia’s real chance of the half came in added time as Rainford Kalamba’s header went over.
In the second half, Paston Daka connected well with a cross, and his one-time shot hit the upright and back into play and away for Namibian safety on 55 minutes, and on 65 minutes Mulenga went for power instead of placement with only Namibia’s goalkeeper Virgil Vries at his mercy as the ball went well over.
Zambia’s Fashion Sakala came close on 73 minutes only from Vries to clear at his near post for a corner and moments later the Brave Warriors scored through Shilongo before Shonga’s free-kick spoiled the home side’s party for a one-all draw.
In Maputo, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau also played to a 2-2 draw to remain top of the group on four points each while Namibia and Zambia are on a point each in Group K after two –match days.