Windhoek - Brave Warriors began their African Nations Championship (CHAN) preparations with two victories albeit against less fancied opponents.
Brave Warriors are on a local tour playing friendlies ahead of the CHAN tournament slated for 4-25 April in Cameroon.
Last weekend, the team visited the northern part of the country, where they defeated Oshana’s Best Eleven 1-0 before demolishing Northern Region’s Best Eleven 4-0. Both matches were played at a packed Uukwangula Stadium in Oshakati.
Brave Warriors interim coach Bobby Samaria said he was impressed with the performance, stating that the objective of getting game time was achieved.
Despite playing against less fancied opponents, Samaria said these kind of games give the technical team an idea of how they want the team to play and help motivate players.
“The first game was tough, but the guys persevered in the end. I really must applaud Oshana for a great performance. The second match showed the difference in class between the two teams from the get go, and at first it was disappointing to see the players fail to convert yet more pleasing to see them revive themselves after a few attempts,” he said.
In their first match against Oshana’s Best Eleven, a great header from Salomon Omseb in the second half was the difference, assisted by substitute Rehabeam Mbango.
In the second match, Brave Warriors took control of the match from the onset with Absalom Iimbondi opened the scoring within the first 15 minutes.
After various attempts at scoring, Elmo Kambindu finally got his goal to make it 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Isaskar Gurirab played the king of assists when he assisted both Awillo Stephaus and Mapenzi Muwanei, who closed off the score line a few minutes before the referee blew the whistle.
Samaria said he was pleased with the fans’ support as they packed the stadium.
Brave Warriors, which is comprised of only home based players, will visit more regions ahead of the CHAN tournament where they were drawn in Group D alongside fellow southerners Tanzania and Zambia as well as Guinea.