Sports Analysis: Namibian Warriors B show their class

(InformAfrica-Sports)— Exhibiting confidence and a togetherness not usually associated with Namibian football, the young Brave Warriors B easily defeated South Africa’s under 23 side 1-0 on Wednesday night.

PLAYMAKER ... Midfielder Petrus Shitembi played a blinder against South Africa’s Amagluglug on Wednesday. Photo: namibiasport.com.na

The approximately 3 000 fans that had rocked up at the Sam Nujoma stadium to witness first hand how much the boys had progressed over the past few weeks were left dumbfounded by the team’s mature display.

This was evident from the loud cheers that greeted the youngsters once the final whistle had gone, perhaps highlighting the dawn of better things to come.

Neville Tjiueza’s nodded effort from a freekick just before the hour mark was just reward for the Namibian’s uncharacteristic patient – and pleasing to the eye – brand of football.

Comfortable in possession, pressing their opponents and seemingly finding their passing range with consummate ease, the home side took a while to settle early in the first half.

However once in the groove, there was only one likely outcome.

“I think finally there is hope for the entire nation that this can become the Brave Warriors eventually,” assistant coach Ricardo Mannetti said after the match. Mannetti however cautioned against the side getting complacent as evidenced by the drop in intensity towards the latter stages of match.

“We dropped a little bit psychologically after we scored the goal,” he said. “But overall it was a good display from our boys tonight.” The influential former Brave Warriors playmaker also believes some of the players did their chances of a step up to the senior side a world of good with their performances.

Defender Teberius Lombard superbly lead the line from the back aided by the hardworking Denzil Haoseb and Neville Tjiueza in midfield, while the classy Petrus Shitembi enhanced his reputation as a playmaker with his ability to dictate the rhythm of the match.

Also in line for a regular berth in the Brave Warriors is the fleet-of-foot Willy Stephanus, who dazzled with his deft touches on the ball. The lively Chritiaan Doeseb, who wasted a glorious chance to double Namibia’s advantage late on, is another one who could possibly be considered for future senior internationals.

“(Brave Warriors) coach Brian (Isaacs) was here tonight … he had a proper look tonight to see who he can pick for the senior side.

“The key for us is always continuity. We don’t throw away our players. We’ve been working with these boys now for two years.”

SA coach Shakes Mashaba was however far from impressed with proceedings on the night. The visiting coach felt his side were denied a legitimate goal when Sameeg Doutie’s effort was chalked off for offside midway through the second half. Soon after his bench was up in arms after substitute Themba Zwane went down in the box following a collision with defender Larry Horaeb.

Zwane also had an effort cleared of the line by Lombard in the closing stages of the game.
– By Sheefani (sheefeni@namibian.com.na)

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