By Timo Shihepo
Windhoek - Zambia’s national football team Chipolopolo defeated the Brave Warriors of Namibia 2-0 to clinch the sixth edition of Dr Hage Geingob Cup in Windhoek last week.
Both teams were using the match as preparations for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) as well as for the 2020 African Nations Championships (Chan).
On Saturday, two goals either half by Immanuel Chaluba were enough to guide Zambia to the finish line in front of a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Only local-based players contested in the encounter because the match fell out of FIFA’s international calendar.
The Brave Warriors had a promising start with players like Isaskar Gurirab, Elmo Kambindu and Immanuel Heita all having had chances to put the hosts in front but they all failed to convert the chances.
They were soon punished when Chaluba rose the highest to give Zambia a lead with a header just before halftime.
In the second half, Chaluba continued where he left off by adding his, and the team’s second after Namibian defender Vitapi Ngaruka misjudged a pass and the ever-alert Chaluba controlled and raced down and finished with aplomb.
“We failed to convert our three chances and then we conceded before halftime and then our central defender had poor judgment, which was punished by Zambia.
“We tried to salvage the game as we brought in Larry Horaeb and Absalom Iimbondi later on. We also rested Dynamo Fredericks because we have a vital game on Wednesday against Chad in the AFCON qualifiers. Chad are in town, and we had to keep it simple for that reason with our tactics,” explains Samaria.