Namibia U17 Draw Against Mozambique

The Namibian U17 soccer side became the first teen side to draw away from home in six years when they drew 1-1 against Mozambique in Maputo on Saturday.

Playing in the 2015 CAF African Under-17 Championship qualifiers, Namibia got an early goal through striker Tuhafeni Leonard who latched onto a through ball from midfield and turned on the pace to beat the Mozambican defence to score on 15 minutes.

Mozambique got the equaliser in the second half as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

According to team manager Jakes Amaning, the Namibian boys gave a good account of themselves and could have scored more goals during the first leg encounter.

“It was a very promising performance from the team and we were all surprised. They showed they can compete at this level and now we have hope that for the first time in six years, we can have a team that can at least reach the second round of qualification. It shows that all the hard work we are putting in can and will pay off one day,” Amaning said.

The two sides will meet again on 28 June at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and with their away goal, Namibia will now be confident of reaching the next round of the competition.

The 2015 African U17 Championship will be the 16th edition of the football competition organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The finals will take place in Niger from 15 February to 1 March 2015, and not between 2 and 16 May 2015 as originally scheduled, with the semi-finalists to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup.

The qualifiers are set to end by 28 September 2014 with the third round. At the end of the qualification phase, seven teams will join the hosts Niger.

Source : The Namibian