Brave Warriors narrowly defeated by Zimbabwe

Brave Warriors narrowly defeated by Zimbabwe

THE Brave Warriors put in a respectable performance on Wednesday night despite going down 3-2 to Zimbabwe in an international friendly match played at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare.

Midfielder Victor Helu and striker Costa Khaiseb scored for the Namibians, while Evans Gwekwerere, Gilbert Mushangazhike and Clement Matawu were on target for the home side. The Namibian side, which mostly consisted of locally based players, were praised for their performance, despite Zimbabwe going up 2-0 early in the first half.Helu scored the opener for Namibia just before the break, with Khaiseb putting his name on the score sheet minutes after Matawu had scored for the Zimbabwean Warriors in the second half.Media reports from Harare indicated that the Namibians threatened and teased, but for all their huffing and puffing, they failed to draw level.It was also reported that Zimbabwe was no better than the Namibians, as Charles Mhlauri’s midfield pair of Honour Gombami, Matawu and substitute Edzai Kasinauyo struggled to string together any passes and stamp their authority on the game.Namibia could have won the game if the players had a little vision, but this was largely hampered by their inexperience.Reports said former Zimbabwe skipper Peter Ndlovu came on as a substitute to a standing ovation.His every touch and turn was greeted by wild cheers from the home fans, and he did not disappoint.Ndlovu’s slick passing movements with Gwekwerere was a joy to watch.Charles Mhlauri used this match to look at some players in preparation for the Warriors’ bid to beat Morocco and Malawi to a place at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.Zimbabwe have already lost away to Malawi 1-0, and now need to win all their remaining fixtures to guarantee progress.For the Namibian players, it is back to domestic action and most of the players are expected to be in action for their club sides at the FNB Cup, which kicks off tomorrow at Mariental and Gobabis.The Namibian side, which mostly consisted of locally based players, were praised for their performance, despite Zimbabwe going up 2-0 early in the first half.Helu scored the opener for Namibia just before the break, with Khaiseb putting his name on the score sheet minutes after Matawu had scored for the Zimbabwean Warriors in the second half.Media reports from Harare indicated that the Namibians threatened and teased, but for all their huffing and puffing, they failed to draw level.It was also reported that Zimbabwe was no better than the Namibians, as Charles Mhlauri’s midfield pair of Honour Gombami, Matawu and substitute Edzai Kasinauyo struggled to string together any passes and stamp their authority on the game.Namibia could have won the game if the players had a little vision, but this was largely hampered by their inexperience.Reports said former Zimbabwe skipper Peter Ndlovu came on as a substitute to a standing ovation.His every touch and turn was greeted by wild cheers from the home fans, and he did not disappoint.Ndlovu’s slick passing movements with Gwekwerere was a joy to watch.Charles Mhlauri used this match to look at some players in preparation for the Warriors’ bid to beat Morocco and Malawi to a place at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.Zimbabwe have already lost away to Malawi 1-0, and now need to win all their remaining fixtures to guarantee progress.For the Namibian players, it is back to domestic action and most of the players are expected to be in action for their club sides at the FNB Cup, which kicks off tomorrow at Mariental and Gobabis.

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