Brave Warriors captain Peter Shalulile scored one and forced the other to lead Namibia to a comfortable 2-1 win over Eritrea in a 2022 International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) World Cup preliminary qualifying match played in Asmara, Eritrea on Wednesday.
Following a goalles first half, the first goal came from captain Peter Shalulile in the 50th minute who latched onto a Joslin Kamatuka throughpass to beat the offside trap and the onrushing Eritrean goalkeeper.
Shalulile was then involved in the second goal as he forced an error from a defender who then conceded an own goal to make it 2-0 for the Namibians.
Eritrean captain Henok Goitom however then set up a tense finish when he tapped in from close range to make it 2-1 but Namibia held on to the much needed win away from home.
Interim coach Bobby Samaria says if all went acoroid to the script today.
“The game penned out the way we anticipated, it being tough and that ranking will count for naught.
This Eritrean team has improved in leaps and bounds , so much so that they imported seven players playing their trade in Sweden” states Samaria.
The coach reckons they could have liked of the game.
” We however could have killed it off in the first hald had Peter and Joslin converted their chances. We are however satisfied that the overall objective of getting away goals and winning the match was achieved”.
Samaria is looking ahead to the return leg.
“We now look forward to correct the lessons learned at home to ensure progression to the group stage”.
The return leg will take place on 10 September 2019 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 19h00.