Brave Warriors wins Dr. Geingob Cup at a packed Stadium

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A brace by Hendrick Somaeb and a strike by Peter Shalulile in the first half were enough to see the Brave Warriors defeat the Warriors of Zimbabwe 3-1 in the 2017 Dr. Hage Geingob Cup played a packed to the rafters Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In the match in which the visitors had to win to avoid a third defeat to the host this year, the Brave Warriors had the momentum from the start with great ball control and purposeful play and it was no surprise as Hendrik Somaeb found the opener on 14 minutes with a speculative shot from outside the box that Zimbabwe goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda failed to hold onto and the ball sailed over the line to send the stadium in into frenzy of celebrations.

the Brave Warriors continued the ascendancy and Peter Shalulile showed his class yet again as he finished with a glancing header from a corner-kick on 18 minutes.

Zimbabwe however got a lifeline after Denzil Haoseb was adjusted to have brought down Marvelous Nakamba and Tendai Ndoro converted for Zimbabwe on 34 minutes to bring them back into the contest of the 2017 DR. Hage Geingob Cup.

But the Ricardo Mannetti coached Brave Warriors were not to be denied their third goal as again that pair of Shalulile and Somaeb caused havoc for the Zimbabwean defence and the latter was brought down leaving referee Thembisile Windvoel with the option of pointing to the spot for the second time with 45 minutes.

Somaeb sent the Sibanda wrong way and saw his kick come off the inside of the upright and over the line to restore the host 2-0 lead before halftime.

The memorable event also saw the Mexican wave do rounds inside the stadium as zealous Namibians and Zimbabwean enjoyed a great afternoon of top-draw entertainment and football at the cathedral of Namibian Football, the Sam Nujoma Stadium as substitute Absalom Iimbondi tripped the cross bar with a well taken free kick in the referee’s’ optional time.

After the match coach Mannetti was overwhelmed with the performance and the attendance on the day.

“You don’t have choice as a player when the stadium is packed like. The players will respond and this is electrifying, well done to all the fans and to the marketers and the biggest marketers, the players for this great day. We played very well and players had a good day even the substitutes and our defence assisted by the midfield was fantastic”.

He added that his team also revealed that the request from the president to win the match was motivating.

“It’s extra pressure when the President is watching you and if you turn that pressure into motivation. The presence boasted the boys and they wanted to be remembered”, said Mannetti.