Keimuine scores in Physical draw with Rwanda


Recalled Brave Warriors striker Itamunua Keimuine came off the bench to score in Namibia’s 1-1 draw with Rwanda in a friendly match played on Sunday in Tunis, Tunisia in preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) Finals to be hosted in Morocco from 12 January to 04 February.

In a very physical game that coach Ricardo Mannetti describes as “ not so good game to watch”, the Brave Warriors tested their mantle against the central Africans ahead of the their maiden CHAN appearance where they will take on Ivory Coast, Uganda and Zambia in Group B in Morocco.

The physical game had Rwanda ahead in the first half and in the second half Tura Magic striker Keimuine replaced club mate Petrus Shitembi and scored the equalizer for his side.

“Overall not a very good game to watch. A very aggressive, very competitive game and I’m happy for that because that is the aggression we will face in Morocco. Rwanda is a physical side and for the neutral not a good game to watch but it serves the purpose for us”, says Mannetti.

Lodyt Kazapua started in goal with Edmund Kambanda, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub and Charles Hambira in defence, while Ronald Ketjijere led from midfield together with Dynamo Fredericks, Petrus Shitembi and Absalom Iimbondi. Upfront, Junias Theophilus and Hendrick Somaeb started.

Namibia Premier League leading goal scorer Panduleni Nekundi and Tigers hitman Roger Katjiteo came on for Junias and Iimbondi in the second half, while Shitembi made way for Keimuine with Benyamin Nenkavu coming for Kambanda and Vitapi Ngaruka on for Somaeb.

The Brave Warriors also played a training game last week against local side Union Sportive Monastir and Junias Theophilus was on the score sheet for the one-all draw.

The team will continue training in Tunis ahead of their departure for their base in Morocco in Marrakesh on 11 January. They face Ivory Coast on 14 January, Uganda on 18 January in Marrakech and finally play Zambia in Casablanca in the final group game on 22 January with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

Here is 23 Brave Warriors for the 2018 CHAN finals: Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Lodyt Kazapua, Ferdinand Karongee, Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda, Dynamo Fredericks, Hendrick Somaeb, Petrus Shitembi, Benyamin Nenkavu, Ronald Ketjijere, Emilio Martin, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo, Kleopas Useb, Vitapi Ngaruka, Panduleni Nekundi, Junias Theophilus, Riaan Hanamub, Oswaldo Xamseb, Itamunua Keimuine and Himeezembi Hengombe.