Kham scores brace in Namibia U23s defeat at China

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Eleven Arrows playmaker Anthony Kham came off the bench to score twice in Namibia U23s 4-2 defeat against China U23s at the Wanzhou Sports Stadium on Monday night in front of a packed 22 000 crowd in the China Football Association (CFA) Team China International Football Match.

The two sides, China preparing for the Asia Games in 2019 and Namibia preparing for the 2019 CAF U23 Nations Cup, met in the first of their two-match series in an electrifying Stadium and with China looking like scoring an emphatic 4-0 victory over Namibia, Kham came off the bench to score twice.

Kham’s came on on 61 minutes with the score already at 3-0 and it was 4-0 on 77 minutes when China captain Gao Zhunyi scored before Kham made it 4-1 with a deft touch from outside the box, and over the keeper on 82 minutes and he completed his brace on 90 minutes as Namibia won a penalty in added time and Kham held his nerves to make it 2-0.

Halftime score was 2-0 in favor of China with goals from Zhunyi on 15 minutes and a penalty by Yao Jusheng.

For Namibia, Romeo Kasume who came on in the second half had a great shot from outside the box on 70 minutes saved by the keeper; captain Pandeni Kandjabanga also had a hard cross too close to the keeper from the byline and another substitute, Black Africa’s McCartney Naweseb had three chances at goal as he showed maturity.

The stocky Romario Hawiseb lead the line well, while another Arrows man Aprocius Petrus protected the defence well in the second half as Lüderitz-based Petrus Kamati (conceded the penalty), Kennedy Eib and Baloyi Tsandib withheld the Chinese attack.

“We started poorly and we brought in players with better technical ability and they made the changes. We will improve for the second game. We not used to the pitch being wet before kickoff and it was unusual. These numbers in the stands are not normal for the boys and I applaud the people for coming out,motivating the boys and I really loved it”, coach Timo Tjongarero tells the press conference.

The second and final game of the the China Football Assoction (CFA) Team China International Football Match will be played on Thursday, 10h00 local time and, 04h00 Namibian time at the same venue, the Wanzhou Sports Stadium.