Katjivena leads Namibia to victory in China


Hiha Katjivena scored the only goal of the match as Team Namibia beat China U23s 1-0 at the Wanzhou Sports Stadium on Thursday morning in the China Footfall Assoction (C

FA) Team China International Match 2018.
In a very dominant performance from the visitors which they restricted China to only three shots on target, the Tura Magic midfielder struck a powerful shot into the far corner from the right, beating Chinese goalkeeper Li Zheng.

Katjivena was having a game of his life as he had another glorious chance on 59 minutes as he cracked one from 20 meters out only for Zheng to fist it over for a corner kick.

The Namibians dominance continued in the second half as Eib again took a shot at goal from a free kick and after Zheng failed to hold onto the ball, the Namibians were adjusted to be offside.

And in very dominant first half, Israel Shikongo came close on 19 minutes as he went agonizingly wide after cutting inside the box and before that Kennedy Eib free kick from 25 meters out was into the goalkeeper’s hands.

With seven minutes left in the first half, Katjivena was through on goal from a magnificent pass from the mercurial Anthony Kham but his decision making let him down when scoring was the only option. McCartney Naweseb also had a one-one as well with Li Zheng and again his final touch missed direction from eight meters.
Italian Massimiliano Maddoloni brought on Chen Binbin later on and on 88 minutes he faced Paulus Abel in the Namibian goal with a free kick and the latter confidently collected during the middle.

Romario Hawiseb, Giovanni Nauseb, Rivaldo Festus, Wisely Kauua, Brandon Neibeb and Hubert Mingeri all came on in the second half and so did Abel who replaced Calvin Spiegel in goal.

“The boys showed character to come back from 4-2 defeat the other day. They did not drop their heads and we prepared well for this game thanks to game footage that helped me and the technical team to work on specific areas that were contained today. We could have score more goals than one but I can’t ask for more now”, coach Timo Tjongarero says.

He adds that the goal scoring issue can be solved this way: “If the boys can agree to stay in Windhoek and everyday we work on the field on this issue, it can be solved. It has been a big problem for all our national teams and we need to seriously address it”, explains Tjongarero.

In his assessment of the two games, Italian Maddoloni says Namibia showed potential: “they only had a day to prepare and adjust to time changes for the first game and in the second half of that game you could see their potential and today they dominated very well”.