Namibia thrash Zimbabwe to reach quarter-finals

MORULENG: National senior football team ‘Brave Warriors’ beat Zimbabwe 4-1 in its final Group A game of the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup on Thursday at the Moruleng Stadium.

The win means Brave Warriors has qualified to the quarter-finals of the tournament where they will play defending champions Zambia.

Zambia won the 2013 edition of the Cosafa cup which was hosted in that country. The was no Cosafa Cup in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship.

In the last group game between Namibia and Zimbabwe, the Brave Warriors dominated play from the start. Namibia scored its opener in the eighth minute when defender Chris Katjiukua headed in a crossed from the left wing.

Warriors then controlled and dominating ball possession in the first half but could not capitalize on their chances.

The half-time score was 1-0.

In the second half, Warriors were still the stronger side dominating possession and creating a number of scoring opportunities but still couldn’t get the ball into the net from open play.

But in the 60th minute, Brave Warriors opened the flood gates with combination play between Deon Hotto and Petrus Shitembi.

Hotto score his first goal of the game and doubled it in the 67th minute after he scored from a through pass from Wangu Gomes to make the score line 3-0.

Zimbabwe scored their only goal of the game from a penalty spot after a Namibian defender handled the ball in the box with his hands.

A minute later Namibia’s substitute Sadney Urikhob who came in for Shitembi added the final nail in Zimbabwe’s coffin with his first goal of the tournament.

The final score was 4-1 for Namibia.

Speaking to the media after the game, national team coach Ricardo Mannetti said he was happy with his team’s performance on the night but hard work still awaits them on Sunday.

“I cannot remember the last time we beat Zimbabwe, even when I was a player we failed to beat them. But I am happy to have won as a coach and credit should be given to the players who executed the plan very well today,” said Mannetti.

The coach added that Zimbabwe should not be seen as an easy team because they lost to Namibia with a big margin, but people should know that Namibia is improving day by day.

“Today I told my players to stop underestimating themselves and show people what they’re made off and look at what they did. I hope they will still take the same confidence into our next game with Zambia on Sunday,” stated the coach.

Namibia will now play Zambia in the first match of the quarter-finals on Sunday at 14h00 at the Moruleng Stadium.

MORULENG; Namibia beat Zimbabwe 4-1 in the final Group A game of the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup here on Thursday and thereby qualified for the quarter-finals.

Namibia dominated play from the start, scoring the opener in the eighth minute when defender Chris Katjiukua headed in a cross from the left wing.

The Brave Warriors controlled and dominated ball possession in the first half but could not capitalise on their goal-scoring chances.

The half-time score was 1-0.

In the second half, the Namibians were still the stronger side, scoring again in the 60th minute through Deon Hotto after great combination play between Hotto and Petrus Shitembi.

Hotto scored again seven minutes later from a through-pass by Wangu Gomes.

Zimbabwe scored their only goal of the game from a penalty shot after a Namibian defender handled the ball with his hands.

A minute later Namibian substitute Sadney Urikhob, who came in for Shitembi, added the final nail in Zimbabwe’s coffin with his first goal of the tournament.

Speaking to the media after the game, national team coach Ricardo Mannetti was happy with his team’s performance, but stressed that hard work still awaits them on Sunday against Zambia.

“I cannot remember the last time we beat Zimbabwe; even when I was a player we failed to beat them. But I am happy to have won as a coach and credit should be given to the players who executed the plan very well today,” he said.

The coach added that Zimbabwe should not be seen as an easy team because they lost to Namibia with a big margin, but people should know that Namibia is improving day by day.

“Today I told my players to stop underestimating themselves and show people what they’re made of and look at what they did. I hope they will take the same confidence into our next game with Zambia on Sunday,” said Mannetti.

That match will start at 14h00 Namibian time at the Moruleng Stadium.

Zambia won the 2013 edition of the Cosafa Cup which was hosted in that country. There was no Cosafa Cup in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship.

SOURCE: NAMPA