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KaanjukaÔÇÖs wrong choice costs team

by John Tuerijama


The national senior football team alias Brave Warriors suffered a narrow defeat against Liberia last week in Monrovia in their away 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Caretaker coach Benhard Kaanjuka’s first line-up choice came under instant intense criticism from football lovers locally who questioned why the head coach gave first preferences to South African-based players known only for adding to the numbers at their respective clubs since none of the so-called internationals are first choice players.
Kaanjuka’s critics pointed out to The Villager Sport that the fitness level of the South African duo Tangeni Shipahu and Lazarus Kaimbi were evidently questionable because of their lack of club football action at the expense of local football sensation Benson Shilongo who a fortnight ago mesmerised the Mozambican defence in an international friendly were he hammered home Namibia’s two last goals to make it 3-0.
The acting coach brought in substitute Shilongo in the 83rd minute after Shipahu’s fitness level failed to pay off while midfield sensation Willy Stephanus replaced Kaimbi in the 67th minute.
Left-winger Eslin Kamuhanga did not score against Mozambique but created numerous scoring chances. Surprisingly, he was benched and never featured against Liberia which made many football lovers question Kaanjuka’s selection criteria.
It is yet to be seen if the Risser brothers will be brought in to boost the experience of the team since currently the number of international players has diminished tremendously.
Namibia’s line-up: Ephraim Tjihonge, Larry Horaeb, Angula da Costa, Willem Mwendihanga, Ronald Ketjijere, Heinrich Isaacks, Jamanovandu Ngatjizeko, Bryan Bantam, Rudolf Bester, Lazarus Kaimbi and Tangeni Shipahu.
Brought in were Shilongo, Petrus Shitembi and Willy Stephanus while substitutes Arnold Subeb, Kamuhanga, Steven Sabatha and Denzil Haoseb warmed the bench for the whole 90 minutes with any consideration by the care-taker coach to bring them in.