Brave Warriors and Guinea Bissau draw in AFCON qualifiers
The Brave Warriors and Guinea Bissau battled it out to reach a goalless draw at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek this weekend, in their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, to remain at the top of Group K with eight points each.
Petrus Shitembi did everything good a minute later Gebhardt Ananias saw his header come off the crossbar.
Brave Warriors continued to press for more chances and then on 19 minutes Toni Silva ran down the right for Bissau and his shot was parried over by Virgil Vries.
Team captain, Luis Mendes of Guinea Bissau had a chance from a free kick on 27 minutes and went for the goal but Namibia’s goalkeeper Virgil Vries made an easy save with towering Sory Mane and Frederic Mendy lagging.
Peter Shalulile thought he could score on 28 minutes as he ran onto a through ball down the left, cutting inside before unleashing a shot that went wide.
Mendy then should have scored for Guinea Bissau but his shot was saved with a palm by the ever-alert Vries.
Ananias then met a Willy Stephanus corner kick on the 39th minute, heading it back into the goalmouth, before it was cleared by Pele Gomes of Guinea Bissau.
In the second half, Namibia was first out the blocks yet again as Shalulile headed wide off a Shitembi cross on the 46th minute and then a brilliant combination play by Deon Hotto and Shitembi was worryingly finished off by Hendrick Somaeb as he shot straight at Jonas Mendes in the Bissau goal.
Shalulile should have scored for Namibia on the 50th minute as he beat the offside after he left his marker and with Mendes in goal approaching, fumbled the ball and Mendes got the ball off him and Somaeb’s over-head kick was cleared off the line once again.
Mendy then had a chance in added time but was thwarted by the near post by Vries while substitute Muna Katupose nearly won it for the host only for his header to be claimed by Mendes.
After the match, Brave Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti was satisfied with a point apiece and is looking forward to final match day in March 2016 when Namibia visits Zambia and Bissau host Mozambique.
“We are a good team. We will take the point and look at the last game to make sure we qualify. We are disappointed with the result of today after so many chances we produced.”
“We did not know we could have so many chances and we should credit the boys. We still have a chance to qualify. We were just lacking goals for this particular match but all is in order. We are looking forward to going to the AFCON next year,” Mannetti said.
The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total AFCON to be played in Cameroon from the 15th of June to the 13th of July next year.