Jomo Cosmos defender, Riaan Hanamub was in action for Namibia as the Brave Warriors were held to a thrilling goalless draw by Guinea Bissau in a Group K Afcon qualifier at the Sam Nujoma Satdium in Windhoek last weekend.
The result saw both teams sharing top spot in Group K on eight points each.
Petrus Shitembi did everything right only to see his shot from outside the box come off the upright and across the face of goal on two minutes of the match, and a minute later, former Ezenkosi defender, Ananias Gebhardt saw his header come off the cross bar, before Guinea Bissau settled in.
On 19 minutes Toni Silva broke down the right for Bissau and unleashed a fierce shot that was parried away by Virgil Vries. Captain Luis Mendes had a chance from a free kick on 27 minutes but Vries once again made a comfortable save.
Peter Shalulile came close on 28 minutes when he ran onto a through ball down the left, cutting inside before unleashing a shot that just went wide. Mendy then should have scored from Bissau but his shot from 10 meters out was palmed away by the ever-alert Vries.
Ananias then met a Willy Stephanus corner kick on 39 minutes, heading it back into the goalmouth, before it was cleared by Pele Gomes.
In the second half Namibia were first out the blocks yet again as Shalulile headed wide off a Shitembi cross early on, and then brilliant combination play by Deon Hotto and Shitembi set Hendrick Somaeb up but he shot straight at Jonas Mendes in the Bissau goal.
Namibia had a great chance on 50 minutes when Shalulile beat his marker but scuffed his shot, but the ball went loose to Hendrik Somaeb who tried a bicycle kick that was cleared off Guinea Bissau’s goal line.
With Willy Stephanus and Petrus Shitembi dominating the midfield, more chances came Namibia’s way but their forwards could not round them off.
Mendy had a chance for Guinea Bissau in added time but was thwarted at the near post by Vries while substitute Muna Katupose nearly won it for the hosts only for his header to be saved by Mendes.
After the match both coaches were satisfied with a point and looking forward to final match day in March 2016 when Namibia visits Zambia and Bissau host Mozambique.
“We will take the point and look at the last game to make sure we qualify. We are disappointed with the result today after so many chances, but football had other ideas. We did not know we could have so many chances and we should credit the boys. We still have a chance to qualify”, says Mannetti.
“Namibia is a good team and they showed that in the first match that we won last year, so we came here prepared. We wait for Mozambique and we must win our final game, anything is possible,” Guinea Bisaau coach Baciro Cande said.
The group winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July 2019.
Story, courtesy nfa.org.na