Namibia off to good start

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Relegated Jomo Cosmos’ Lazarus Kaimbi also scored in the Brave Warriors 3-0 victory over Comoros Island the Lilian Ngoyi Stadium in Secunda, South Africa on Sunday.

Teenage Kaimbi opened the score for the Namibians before Jacobs, who is currently clubless and having trials at Thanda Royal Zulu, weaved his magic with two second half goals to give the Warriors an unassailable lead.

Surprisingly, the relatively unknown Belgian mentor Saintfiet gave Jacobs the captain’s armband and he responded with a five-star display that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Jacobs, who also had a spell in Norway, was denied a hat trick as he saw his twice-taken spot kick thwarted by the Comoros makeshift goalkeeper after the Warriors were awarded a penalty late in the second half, following a foul on Kaimbi by the Comoros goalkeeper – an offence that ended his interest in the match as he was given his marching orders by the referee.

Comoros had already exhausted their allocated number of three substitutes and shifted one of their infield players between the sticks – leaving the team fighting a losing battle with 10 men for the remainder of the match.

The Namibians suffered an early setback when burly striker Edward Damaseb was ruled out of the match hours before the match through a bout of flu, and the team’s woes were further compounded when fellow striker Costa Khaiseb was stretched off the field with a bruised ankle in the 20th minute.

“Obviously, I’m happy with the overall performance of the team but we could have scored more goals as we created numerous goal-scoring opportunities but that’s football – we just have to improve on our finishing in our next game against Lesotho. I don’t want to single out individual players because it was a collective effort by all the players involved and we are now focusing on our remaining two matches against Lesotho and Malawi,” Saintfelt added.

Brave Warriors starting lineup against Comoros: Athiel Mbaha, George Hummel, Steven Goaxab, Ivan Namaseb, Gottlieb Nakuta, Jamu Ngatjizeko, Brian Brendell (Jeremiah Baisako 40th min), Quinton Jacobs (captain) Paulus Shipanga, Jerome Louis (Rudi Louw 60th min), Costa Khaiseb (Lazarus Kaimbi 20th min).

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