Brave Warriors retains Dr. Geingob Cup


Captain Petrus Shitembi scored the winning penalty as the Brave Warriors ran out 4-1 winners over Ghana and retain the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup at thrilling and packed Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Namibia and Ghana met for the 2018 and fifth edition of the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup and in front of the President of Namibia his Excellency Dr. Geingob and friends and compatriots, the teams came out to play and entertained all the way to a penalty shootout after a one-all draw in 90 minutes.

Muna Katupose deservedly opening the scoring for the host on 30 minutes after a great find by his striking partner on the day Absalom Iimbondi. Katupose tucked the ball home after Eric Amwti in the Ghana goal blocked his initial attempt.

Ghana got their goal and back in the game midway the second half with the imposing Shafiu Mumuni raising the highest to connect with a corner and draw the sides level.

Both sides had chances to score more and win and notably for Namibia, midfielder Dynamo Fredericks hit both uprights, first at 1-0 up and then in added time at 1-1, while Katupose fluffed his shot straight at Amtwi.

For Ghana, Mumuni was forever threatening with his big frame and aerial prowess, while Captain Mohammed Fatau, Justice Blay and Kwesi Donsu also came close for Namibia.

Petrus Shitembi shone in midfield for the host with the armband in the absence of regular skipper Ronald Ketjijere but in the end, a penalty shoot-out decided the winner of the 2018 Dr. Hage Geingob Cup.

Willy Stephanus, Marcel Papama converted for Namibia while McCarthy Appiah scored and Kwadwo Amoako kicked wide of goal. Immanuel Heita then put Namibia 3-1 up and Fatau had his spot kick saved by Loydt Kazapua, and Shitembi scored to make it 4-1 and two out of two for the Brave Warriors in front of the Patron of the Namibia Footfall Association (NFA) and head of state Dr. Hage Geingob.

The celebratory event was capped with the a colorful medals presentations and photo sessions and dance moves from Dr. Geingob as well as the Ghanaians players with top local musicians Gazza, Exit, Female Donkey, Tequila, Tate Buti and The Dogg doing their thing.

Earlier in the day, the Young Gladiators got their preparations for the upcoming Region Five Games to a good start with a 1-0 win over their seniors, the national under23 women side.