Warriors off to winning start in AFCON Qualifiers

The Brave Warriors defeated Chad 2-1 in a hard fought 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Group A encounter promised to be a humdinger and it lived up to the billing with Chris Katjiukua acrobatic shot inside the box with about 10 minutes left the decider.

After a tense and entertaining but goalless first half, Peter Shalulile controlled a high ball under pressure to give the host midway the second half with shot that deflected off the head of the goalkeeper. Chad captain Ndouasel then equalised with a fine header moments later from a corner kick.

In the first half, Brave Warriors captain Petrus Shitembi tried to initiate attacks but Shalulile was deprived of quality service up-front as the Chad rearguard stood tall and firm.

The adventurous Joslin Kamatuka replaced Larry Horaeb in the first half and had about four shots at goal as he proved a thorn in the flesh of the visitors.

Deon Hotto, Absalom limbondi and Dynamo Fredericks also tried to evade the tackles in pursuit of an elusive opener. To comes close was home debutant Ryan Nyambe, but his header at the far post from corner kick only went wide.

Iimbondi eventually made way for Elmo Kambindu and moments later Shalulile showed his quality with a fine control of a high ball under pressure, turned and shot at goal, the ball coming off the goalkpeer’s headoff and crawling into the back of the net to break the ic at a jubilant packed Stadium.

Ezechiel Ndouasel got Chad right back in it after the imposing striker headed home from a well taken corner kick to give his side some hope.

Defender Chris Katjiukua then thought he score only for his shot to be cleared for a corner kick and from that delivery, he was the first to react to a loose ball inside the box and he squeezed it home and send the crowd into a frenzy yet again.

The Brave Warriors now travel to Conacky to take on host Guinea on Sunday for their second Group A game. Guinea are due to play their first game when they take visit Mali tomorrow.

” First half we struggled because we came through the middle and we couldn’t penetrate and after the break we aimed to stretch them and it worked. We build on this win and look forward”, Interim Brave Warriors coach Bobby Samaria states.