Namibia Are Cosafa Cup Champions

Namibia won the 2015 Cosafa Cup. The beat Mozambique 2-0 with tricky winger Deon Hotto scoring both goals. It’s a fairytale win for coach Ricardo Mannetti and his assistant Ronnie Kanalelo who came close twice as players in the late 1990s.

The highlights of the match courtesy cosafa.com:

1′ – We are under way in the COSAFA 2015 Final between Namibia and Mozambique!

2′ – Mozambique launch their first raid on the right flank with Saddan Guambe. It’s cleared by Willem Mwedihanga.

4′ – Deon H0tto for Namibia attacks from the left but can’t quite execute his final effort.

8′ – Not much goalmouth action in the opening eight minutes of the game!

10′ – Peter Shalulile shoots over the bar for Namibia from the middle.

12′ – Mozambique win the first corner of the match after Luis Parkim’s cross is deflected out. It comes to nothing.

15′ – A long ball intended for Deon Hotto goes wide.

17′ – Both teams resorting to the use of the long ball in the first quarter of the game.

19′ – Namibia try to come through from the middle as Wangu Gome is thwarted by Francisco Muchanga.

23′ – Benson Shilongo heads wide of the goal from a cross from the right by Shalulile.

25′ – Mozambique spread the ball wide to the left but Isac Decarvalho cannot connect.

27′ – Denzil Hoaseb sends looping cross from the right for Namibia that is cut out by the Mozambican defenders.

29′ – Decarvalho is caught offside as Mozambique break away.

32′ – Namibia employ the off-side trap again this time catching Saddan Guambe.

36′ – GOAL! Namibia have the lead! Deon Hotto nets after a swift counter-attack and the Brave Warriors are ahead! 1-0!

38′ – Hotto comes charging down the left flank again but he is halted by a clearance by Norberto Norberto.

39′ – Mozambique sub: An early tactical change as in comes Gildo Vilancoulous for skipper Momed Hagi.

41′ – Namibia survive a huge scare as Chris Katjiukua makes an acrobatic kick to clear the ball off the line with the keeper beaten.

44′ – Edmilson Dove goes down injured on the left flank.

45′ – There will be one minute of additional time …

HALFTIME: Namibia lead the COSAFA Cup 2015 Final 1-0 at halftime after Deon Hotto’s goal. Can Mozambique respond?

46′ – We are back under way in the second half!

47′ – No changes at the break by either side.

48′ – Yellow card for Mozambique’s Saddan Guambe for foul play on Shalulile.

50′ – Yellow card for Namibia’s Denzil Haoseb for a foul on Dove just inside the Namibian half.

57′ – Mozambique win a corner in the right channel. It is cleared to safety.

59′ – Mozambique pile on the pressure as Luis Parkim shoots from the middle straight at the goalkeeper.

62′ – Guambe’s curling shot is punched away to safety by Vries.

63′ – It’s all Mozambique on the offensive as the Mbasa win a corner on the right that is cleared from danger.

64′ – Mozambique sub: Witness Quembo comes on for Parkim.

68′ – Norberto Norberto shoots wide off the mark for Mozambique from the right.

70′ – Deon Hotto bursts down the left wing and sends a cross which Shitembi finds too high to connect with.

72′ – Namibia sub: In comes Itamunia Keimuine for Benson Shilongo.

74′ – GOAL! Hotto doubles Namibia’s aantage with a deflected shot and surely the Brave Warriors are home and dry now!

79′ – Mozambique sub: Diogo Alberto comes on for Norberto Noberto.

84′ – Hotto sends Keimuine through on goal but he takes time to shoot and allows Massango to recover and clear.

85′ – Namibia sub: Willy Stephanus comes on for Petrus Shitembi.

87′ – Mozambique win a free-kick for taken by Alberto but Vries is equal to the task.

89′ – Cesar Machava saves Mozambique from conceding a third goal, blocking Keimuine from a one-on-one situation.

90+1′ – Namibia sub: Heinrich Isaacks comes on for Shalulile.

FULLTIME: Namibia have done it, they are the COSAFA Cup 2015 champions as they claim the regional championship for the first time!

Source : The Namibian