Brave Warriors beat Mauritius 2-0

MORULENG: National senior football team ‘Brave Warriors’ beat Mauritius 2-0 in its second game of the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) cup on Tuesday at the Moruleng Stadium.

The win now means Brave Warriors still have hope of reaching the next round of the competition if they beat group leader Zimbabwe on Thursday.

Benson Shilongo who joined the team on Sunday from his club Gaborone United of Botswana scored the opener in the fourth minute of the game after Itamunua Keimuine crossed the ball from the left wing into the box.

Warriors dominated possession of the game in the first half but could not capitalize on their chances.

The half-time score was 1-0.

In the second half Warriors were still the stronger side dominating possession and creating a number of scoring opportunities but still couldn’t get the ball behind the net from open play.

In the 64th minute the Warriors was given a penalty after a Mauritius defender handle the ball with his hands in the penalty box from a Willem Mwedihanga’s attempt on goal.

Shilongo then step up and converted his second goal on the night and give his side hope of reaching the next round of the competition if they get a win from their last game of the group stages on Thursday.

Speaking to the media after the game, national team coach Ricardo Mannetti said he was happy his boys delivered in a night when they just needed a win.

“It was important for us to win today and we are now looking forward to our last game of the tournament. Playing Zimbabwe will be our most crucial game as this will be a decider game on who goes through to the next round. Tomorrow we will focus on that game but as for today I just want to thank the boys for winning, because that shows that prayers can also be answered,” said Mannetti.

Zimbabwe is currently top of the group on six points after defeating Mauritius 2-0 in their opening game of the competition on Sunday and then beat Seychelles 1-0 on Tuesday.

While Namibia is second in the group with four points after drawing its first game 0-0 with Seychelles and then winning against Mauritius.