Namibia loses to Malawi

Windhoek- Namibia ‘s Brave Warriors were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Malawi in International friendly match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Wednesday night.

In the first game under the management of care-take coach Brian Isaacs, the home team got on the score sheet first as Germany –based striker Wilko Risser gave the Brave Warriors the lead on 35 minutes, for a joyous celebration from the players and the crowd, that braved the downpours on the night.

The Malawians, coached by Kinna Phiri had other ideas and got their equalizer just before halftime through Peter Wadabwa.

The rain stopped for a while, but unpredictably started to fall heavily in the second half, but the action continued, albeit not smoothly as the ball kept on deceiving players through the rain.

Malawi finally got their winner in the final the minutes of the match with substitute Benard Harawa after a goalmouth scramble.

Despite, the defeat, Namibia gave a good account of themselves with south Africa-based Tangeni Shipahu (Amazulu) and Rudolph Bester (Maritzburg United) and new debutant Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), puling the strings for the host.

“The result was not very good but the performance was excellent. You could see we had a very attacking side and you could see we can play football, but the conditions on the field did not allow us to play. But the organization at the back was excellent and the defensive behavior of the two controlling midfielders was beautiful. So I’m very happy about our performance although the result was not very good.” said Coach Isaacs after the match.

Isaacs said the performance had given him confidence for the Brave Warriors’ next match against Burkina Faso.

“We know now where we are and where we want to go. For me it was an eye opener and now we will just look at a few aspects to fine tune the team and then we can go for Burkina Faso. If you bear in mind that Collin (Benjamin) and Razundara (Tjikuzu) were not here and you see the performance of tonight and you put that together, then you will see that we have an excellent team,” he said.

Else on the continent, South Africa beat Kenya 2-1, and Nigeria also won 2-1 against Sierra Leone on the night. Cameroon beat Macedonia 1-0, Ivory Coast 2-1 Mali, and Swaziland 0-4 Zambia in some of the selected African teams results.