Namibia, Lesotho draw

Erastus Kulula celebrates his goal against Lesotho. Photo: NFA

Namibia and Lesotho played to a 1-1 draw in an international football friendly in Johannesburg on Saturday. 

With the match serving as preparation for Namibia’s Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Liberia on Wednesday and Tunisia on Sunday, 9 June, coach Collin Benjamin used the occasion to select several newcomers like Erastus Kulula, Ndjiraeree Maharero, Ben Namib, David Ndeunyema, Moses Shidolo and Lawrence Doeseb. 

Kulula gave the Brave Warriors the lead but Lesotho defender Motlomelo Mkhwanazi soon equalised as the two sides had to settle for a1-1 draw. 

Namibia coach Collin Benjamin said it was a good exercise.

“It was a good test where we could give these young players a good run against a good international team. The way Lesotho could come and play from the back that was really impressive and its something that we have to work on because we need to make it more difficult for our opponents to build up so easily from the back,” he said. 

“I think it was a good technical game – we had one or two chances in the first half, but we will learn from this, and like I said it’s a young team, it’s a new team that played against a good opponent that was well organised and it’s up to us now to see how we can unlock a well-organised team. I think in the end a 1-1 draw was a fair share of the spoils,” he added.

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