WINDHOEK: Namibia and Rwanda played to a goalless draw in an international friendly encounter played at the Independence Stadium in the capital on Saturday.
The match was crucial in Namibia’s preparations for various important games next year.
The Namibians wasted a number of golden scoring chances in the first half, and the game was only brought to ‘some kind of life’ in the second half with the introduction of midfielder Petrus Shitembi.
Shitembi replaced Larry Horaeb, and the Rundu Chiefs playmaker connected well with youthful German-based Manfred Starke.
The 21-year-old Starke worked very hard for the whole 90 minutes of the game.
Namibia and Rwanda will meet again in Kigali, Rwanda on 14 November this year, as Namibia prepares for her 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Malawi on 22 March 2013.
The senior national side will also be in action against Seychelles next year in the CHAN (African Nations Championship-sometimes referred to as African Championship of Nations) competition for locally-based players.
The away leg is in June 2013 and the second leg at home in July 2013.
The 2014 CHAN championship will be hosted by neighbouring South Africa.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Namibia’s national Under-17 football team was hammered 2-0 by Burkina Faso in the second round of the African Under-17 Championship qualifiers.
Namibia received a bye in the first round following the withdrawal of Reunion from the qualifiers.
The second leg will be played after two weeks in Ouagadougou.
The winner of this fixture will face the winner of the Ethiopia/Tunisia clash, with the eventual winner booking their place at the Championships in Morocco in April 2013.