Zambia beats Namibia in Dr. Geingob Cup

Immanuel Chaluba score either side of halftime to guide Zambia to a comfortable 2-0 win over the Brave Warriors on Saturday afternoon in the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup match played a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura.

The two countries met in this annual international match honoring Namibia’s President Dr. Hage Geingob and it the the local-based players that congested the encounter in the sixth edition of the Cup.

And after a promising opening for the host in which the likes of Elmo Kambindu, Isaskar Gurirab and Immanuel Hieta came close, it was Zambia that for the led on the stoke of halftime through a glancing header from Immanuel Chabula past the hapless Edward Maova.

After the restart, Zambia continued camping in the hosts’ half and finally got the second goal after a Namibian defender Vitapi Ngaruka misjudged a pass and the ever-alert Chaluba controlled and raced down and finished with aplomb.

Chances were few and far between for the Brave Warriors as both sides tested their players who recently qualified for the 2020 Chan finals to be played in Cameroon in January.

“We failed to convert our three chances and then we conceded before halftime and then our central defender had poor judgement which was punished by Zambia. We tried to salvage the game as we brought in Larry Horaeb and Absalom Iimbondi late on. We also rested Dynamo Fredericks because we have vital game on Wednesday against Chad in the AFCON qualifiers. They are in town, Chad and we had to keep it simple for that reason with our tactics”, explains Samaria.

Earlier on Lucky Richter, Frank Fredericks and Nelson Akwenye scored to lead the Namibia Breweries Legends to. 3-2 win over the MTC Legends in the second exhibition match. Collin Benjamin and Rudolf Bester scored for the MTC Legends.

Next up for the Brave Warriors is the encounter against Chad on Wednesday at 17h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the 2021 AFCON Qualifers. They will fly out on Thursday for another AFCON Qualifier at Guinea on 17 November 2019.