Gallant Young Warriors Lose to Mozambique

NAMIBIA’s national U20 soccer team got an important away goal but were beaten 2-1 by Mozambique in Maputo in their 2015 CAF African Youth Championship qualifiers on Saturday.

The Namibians flew out for the encounter on Friday afternoon and on Saturday took on the much fancied Mozambique side who, according to Namibia coach on the day, NFA Technical Director Klaus Staerk, boasted a very experienced side.

“It was a great game of football and it was pleasing to see such a high level of football at under 20 level. It was a tough match against very physical and experienced opponents, with 70 per cent of their players playing in the Mozambique Premier League, but our players held their own very well,” he said.

Mozambique took the lead but Rundu Chiefs striker Uaseuako Katjiukua got the equalizer for a halftime score of 1-1.

In the second half Mozambique got their second and the winning goal, but according to Staerk, the Young Warriors soldiered on and could have got an equaliser at the death, after Hendry Duwe of Swakopmund FC hit the post.

“I am very surprised by the performance of the team in Mozambique. They really gave their all and an equaliser was possible as they hit the post in the last minute but in the end the Mozambique side got the victory”.

Staerk said that anything was possible for the Young Warriors to progress to the next round.

“We will be at home on 26 April and anything is possible in football. Mozambique are favourites but our team showed they can play and with the experience from the first leg, they can only get better. It is certainly not over yet,” he said.

The Young Warriors team jetted back home on Saturday night.

Source : The Namibian