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Nam out of Afcon

by John Tuerijama




Brave Warriors’ no result contest against Liberia in the 2013 Afcon qualifiers has dented the ray of hope of proceeding to the next round when the youthful Warriors played to a goalless draw at the Independence Stadium last Saturday.
The match that attracted hundreds of die-hard supporters filling the stadium to its brink produced nothing but disappointment to the fans who braved the chilly weather.  
Though Namibia created most chances during the second-half, midfield veteran Heinrich Isaacks was presented with numerous chances to break 0-0 deadlock of which two of the chances were right in front of goal going wayward.
It truly was Isaacks’ night to outshine the visiting Lone Stars from Liberia but luck was simply Namibia’s foe on the night.
The goalless draw has ended Namibia’s campaign in the 2013 Afcon qualifiers to be hosted by neighbouring South Africa early next year.Namibia needed to beat Liberia by 2-0 to progress to the next round but the 1-0 defeat to Liberia in Monrovia was vital for the Lone Stars to secure progression.
Left-winger, Eslin Kamuhanga well-taken crosses could not be capitalised on by lone striker, Henrico Botes who most of the time failed to jump to any aerial balls crossed.
Left-back Larry Horaeb came closer to breaking the deadlock but the shot went right over the crossbar while substitute Hendrik Somaeb also wasted another golden opportunity in the dying minutes of the game.
Brave Warriors defenders surely executed their marching orders brilliantly denying the Liberian striking force any chance of finding the back of the net.
Undeniably, the Brave Warriors enjoyed ball possession over their visitors and just like Isaacks’ skipper Ronald Ketjijere and teammate Petrus Shitembi’s long range shots had but little impact on the score-line.
Interim head coach Bernard Kaanjuka brought in Tangeni Shipahu and went on to introduce Sadney Urikhob and Somaeb but he was too little too late as the match was nearing the 90-minutes regular time.
The Brave Warriors hope is now set on the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers of which Namibia has to take on Nigeria (home), Malawi (home and away) and Kenya in an-away encounter.
Brave Warriors’ line-up: Virgil Vries, Willem Mwendihanga, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Ronald Ketjijere, Heinrich Isaacks, Petrus Shitembi, Willy Stephanus, Eslin Kamuhanga and Henrico Botes.
Substitutes: Tangeni Shipahu, Sadney Urikhob and Hendrik Somaeb
Lone Stars’ line-up: Nathaniel Sherman, George Gebro, Solomon Grimes, Omega Alamadine, Dennis Teah, Dixon Jimmy, Keita Alseny, Lewis Theo Weeks, Krangar Zah Rahan, Wleh Patrick and Aliseh Sekou Jabateh.
Substitutes: Karndu Martin and Kollie Perry.