Namibia loses to Mozambique in U-17 CAF qualifiers

WINDHOEK: The Namibian national under-17 team lost 0-1 to Mozambique in their second-leg 2015 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-17 Championship qualifiers here on Saturday.

The two teams drew one-all some three weeks ago in Maputo, Mozambique.

Edmilson Mucavela from Mozambique scored the only goal of the match on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, sending his country through to the next round of qualifiers for the 2015 CAF African Under-17 Championships set for Niger in February.

Mozambique’s coach Dario Monteiro, a former senior Mozambican team captain, told the media they had a good game, just like the first leg.

“It was hard for us to win at home because we didn’t know the Namibian team, and today we capitalised on what we did not do at home – waiting for them to attack us, and then attack them to get the goal,” he said.

Monteiro added that Namibia has a good team, and future senior national team stars will come from that team.

Namibian coach Timothy Tjongarero said they could have won the game, but the boys looked like a completely new team than the one in Mozambique during the first leg.

“This was in terms of my players’ mentality, because we could have won the game as we had a lot of chances, but they lacked concentration, and in football if you don’t take your chances you won’t score,” he said.

Tjongarero was, however, pleased with the boys’ progress from the time they were scouted at the Skorpion Zinc Under-17 Cup hosted in Keetmanshoop last year.

“Some of the players have shown progress and might be included in the squad which will travel to Zimbabwe for the Zone 6 tournament in December this year, because we cannot just drop these boys. I am hoping the football association will give these boys a chance so they can grow as a team,” he stated.