Brave Warriors Lose to Niger

The Brave Warriors opened their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Qualifiers Group K campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat against Niger at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey on Sunday afternoon.

The two sides went into the match looking to stay in touch with Senegal who opened the group with a 3-1 victory over Burundi on Saturday, and it was the home side Niger who got the all-important goal on 39 minutes via a penalty converted by Souleymane Sacko.

Senegal and Niger are now on top of Group K on three points each, while Namibia and Burundi must still open their account.

The qualifiers will return on September 5 when the Brave Warriors host Senegal and Niger travels to Niger for the second round of the qualifiers. Only the group winners will be guaranteed a place at the 2017 Afcon finals to be held in Gabon.

The 2015 Cosafa Cup champions, the Brave Warriors, will be returning home to Windhoek on Tuesday at 13h00 and will immediately start preparing for their 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against Zambia at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday, 21 June.

The results of other Afcon qualifying matches on Sunday were as follows:

Ethiopia 2 Lesotho 1 Mozambique 0 Rwanda 1 Cameroon 1 Mauritania 0 DR Congo 2 Madagascar Equatorial Guinea 1 Benin Congo 1 Kenya 1 Togo 2 Liberia 1 Ghana 7 Mauritius 1, Egypt 3 Tanzania 0 Sudan 1 Sierra Leone 0.

Here is the Namibian team that travelled to Niger:

Goalkeepers: Virgil Vries and Maximillian Mbaeva.

Defenders: Willem Mwedihanga, Chris Katjiukua, Denzil Hoaseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Gregory Aukumeb, Dennis Ngueza Tjetinda.

Midfielders: Neville Tjiueza, Willy Stephanus, Heinrich Isaacks, Peter Shalulile, Ronald Ketjijere (C), Wangu Batista, Joslin Kamatuka, Petrus Shitembi, Deon Hotto.

Strikers: Itamunua Keimuine, Sadney Urikhob and Benson Shilongo.

Source : The Namibian