In a closely contested match at Estade Malambo, Namibia’s national football team, the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors experienced a 1-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea this afternoon. Despite the disappointing result, both Coach Benjamin and the team captain remain optimistic about their upcoming match against São Tomé.
Namibia showcased their strength in the first half, dominating the game and creating clear chances. However, they were unable to convert these opportunities into goals. In the 60th minute, Coach Collin’s attempt to revive the game by introducing young talents Uetuuru Kambato and Prins Tjiueza wasn’t successful as Emilio Nsue of Equatorial Guinea broke the deadlock and scored the only goal of the match at 66 minutes.
Addressing the media at a post-match press conference, Coach Benjamin extended his congratulations to Equatorial Guinea and acknowledged the unfortunate outcome for Namibia.
He, however emphasized that the team is determined to bounce back in their next encounter.
“These aren’t the results we hoped to create, it is an unfortunate that we could not capitalize on our chances. [Equatorial] Guinea showed character and experience today, both of which worked out in their favour. We now look to make amends in the upcoming match against São Tomé,” he stated.
Echoing the sentiments of the coach, the team captain, Ananias Gebhardt expressed his disappointment but remained resolute.
He said “The match is a minor setback, but the team is beaten, not defeated. We will revisit the drawing board and give a better performance in the challenges that lie ahead.”
Looking ahead, the team is now shifting their focus to their FIFA qualification match against São Tomé, scheduled for November 21, 2023. The team will depart for Morocco tonight, where they will continue their preparations for the crucial encounter.
With determination and a renewed sense of purpose, Namibia aims to bounce back from their recent defeat and secure a victory against São Tomé. The team remains confident in their abilities and is eager to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.