Lethal striker Peter Shalulile yesterday scored twice to help the Brave Warriors come from behind to beat Guinea 2-1 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, as Namibia finished her 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers campaign on a high note.
Although Namibia was knocked out of the qualifiers last week, the well-deserved victory saw the Warriors bowing out with their heads held high thanks to the Shalulile brace, which also saw him equal retired striker Rudolf Bester’s record of 13 goals for the senior national team.
Guinea took the lead against the run of play on 17 minutes through Mamadou Kane after some enterprising play down the right by the visitors but Namibia regrouped and Manfred Starke attempt to thread one through for captain Shalulile was thwarted by the alert Guinea defence.
In added time of the first half, a well-positioned Shalulile connected perfectly with a well-delivered cross from Deon Hotto to head home from range and levelled the score to make it 1-1 as halftime dawned. In the second half, the two sides were cagey until the 77th minute when Shalulile completed his brace when he toed home a loose ball from inside the crowded box to hand Namibia a 2-1 win over Guinea.
After the match, Warriors head coach Bobby Samaria said: “We played very well; our game plan worked. It’s all about the team – not the coach. Overall, I’m impressed with the team’s performance and I am a happy man and believe the whole nation is happy too”.