Kambindu proud of fantastic goal
By Michael Uugwanga
BRAVE Warriors goal poacher Elmo Kambindu’s incredible overhead kick against Togo on Sunday was not only enough to win the match, but could also likely claim the Brave Warriors goal of the decade.
Kambindu scored the only goal in the 54th minute to send Namibia second in group H with four points from two matches played of their 2022 World Cup qualifiers; two points behind log leaders Senegal who have six points from the same number of matches played.
Speaking to Confidente Sport, the soft-spoken Kambindu who plays professional football in Mozambique at CD Costa do Sol said he is still speechless about the goal adding that his goal was an inspiration from Swedish and A.C Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, and England’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney bicycle goals.
“I really do not know what to say but as a striker you will always have that instinct of, if the ball is in range and you can hit it you just go for it. I watch a lot of Ibrahimović’s volleys and overhead kicks, but the one I like is from Rooney when he scored against Manchester City in 2011. Growing up I used to watch Rooney a lot so I will say Rooney inspired me to score that goal.
“I would like to dedicate this goal to a few people such as my fellow teammates especially Virgil Vries (Brave Warriors goalkeeper) and Aprocious Petrus (Brave Warriors defender) as both men had a fallout in the camp, so I dedicate this goal to them. I also dedicate this goal to my friend Edward Maova (another Brave Warriors ‘keeper) whose birthday was on 5 September as I promised him that I was going to score a goal for him, so it just one goal but they all have to share it because it is a special goal. I also promised my mother a goal for her before the match,” said Kambindu.
The former Mighty Gunners striker has now scored eight international goals for the Brave Warriors since making his debut in 2019, and ever since that time he has never looked back as he continues to bang in goals.
He added: “Going to Mozambique really helped me a lot because of the environment, temperature and the humidity this side and I learned to play under harsh conditions and climate so it has really helped a lot.”
Namibia opened their 2022 World Cup Qualifying group H campaign with a 1-1 draw at ‘home’ to Congo at the Orlando Stadium in South Africa last week Thursday.
The Brave Warriors will meet Senegal next month in a double header with both teams looking to emerge winners of group H to assure a place at next year’s FIFA World Cup that will be staged in Qatar.