Mozambique Beat Namibia in U20 African Qualifier

Namibia bowed out of the race for qualification for the 2015 CAF Youth Championship in Senegal, after they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Mozambique at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The encounter which was the second leg of the qualifiers’ preliminary round, after Mozambique won the first leg on 5 April 2-1, was a chance for the Young Warriors to build on their away goal and increase their chances of their passage to the next round.

But it was not to be as Namibia were made to pay after dominating the first half but failing to find the net.

Mozambique turned on the style in the second half and got the opening goal of the match via a wonderfully taken shot from outside the box by Germino Eduardo, as the ball flew into the top right corner, giving Namibian keeper Donovan Gainub no chance.

With the home crowd on their back, the Young Warriors knew they had to score and they threw caution to the wind time and again, but Mozambique’s defence stood firm.

The goal finally came for Namibia midway through the second half, when Henry Duwe finished off from close range as he was put through on goal, scoring past the aancing Caiado Leandro.

Namibia needed to score one more goal to take the game into extra time and as they pushed forward for that elusive goal, they left gaps at the back which Mozambique’s strikers exploited as they tested Gainub, who produced some great saves.

For Namibia, the combative Isensius Mutuku was impressive, fighting for every second ball in midfield, while captain Ananias Nakambuli and Vitapi Ngaruka soldiered on at the back.

Jackson Johannes also had promising runs on the right wing while substitutes Petrus Sakaria and Fernandez Musambani injected some energy into the team’s attack.

But with about four minutes to go, Eduardo dashed Namibia’s hopes as he let fly with a thunderous shot from an acute angle that flew into the back of the net.

Young Warriors coach on the day James Britz assessed the game:

“The opposition was much better and superior to be honest. Their tactical discipline was evident today and they exploited our lack of it, while it also showed the difference in the levels of football. We had our chances but they scored two brilliant individual goals and that was the difference. The best team won.”

Source : The Namibian