Shalulile inspires Warriors to victory over Botswana

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A brace from Peter Shalulile and a goal by Roger Katjiteo propelled the Brave Warriors to a well-deserved 3-1 win over rivals Botswana in an international friendly match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura on Saturday afternoon.

The two sides met at the same venue of the 5-4 penalties victory for Botswana in the 2016 Cosafa Cup at the quarterfinals stage and this time around, after Botswana went head on six minutes through Mpho Kgaswane, Highland Park striker Peter Shalulile justified his call up and slotted home on 33 minutes to draw parity before halftime.

In the second half, Shalulile lightening speed was too much for Simasane Mathumo, as after a clearing header from Riaan Hanamub in the Warriors area, Shalulile went toe to toe with the defender, outpaced him and run into the box before unleashing a low shot into the left corner to make it 2-1 on 58 minutes.

Substitute Itamunua Keimuine should have made it 3-1 but missed the target later on after some fine play down the right by another substitute Immanuel Heita.
Midfielder Dynamo Fredericks also came close with a chance in each half that he blew over while Benyamin Nenkavu was thwarted from close range on two occasion by the brilliant Kabelo Dame in the Botswana goal in the first half.

Keeagile Kobe then saw red with 4 minutes left as he deliberately stamped on a horizontal Keimuine to give referee Jonas Shongedi no other option then to show him a red card.

Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti then brought on Roger Katjiteo for Petrus Shitembi in added time and he combined well with another substitute Absalom Iimbondi , beating the offside trap that ended with Katjiteo tapping in Namibia’s third goal.

“We couldn’t play our normal game, starting from the back and we then resorted to long balls because we have runners in Muna Katupose and Shalulile and that worked for us. We had a lot of chances in the first half and in the second half it was about giving chances to players on the bench and also keeping in mind the pressure from the fans. It was a good game for the fans and I’m glad we made it happen. We now have to play another friendly or two in November and this is all what we need”, Mannetti says.