Namibia, SA and Westphalia Fight for Points On Good Friday

Namibia lost 2-1 to Ghana on Thursday evening to set up a thrilling group stage finish on Good Friday where they will face Westphalia, who just need a draw to join Ghana in the final, while South Africa is also still in the mix.
The Baby Warriors came into their encounter against the more physically superior Ghanaians at the Swakopmund Sports Complex as underdogs and to the surprise of many at the stadium, Namibia matched their opponents well through the first half with a pressing game just like coach Turipamue Upi promised ahead of the clash.
Namibia took the lead midway through the first half through winger Hiha Katjivena who pounced on a loose ball from a corner kick to score and give Namibia a 1-0 lead at the break.
After the break Namibia continued to defend and attack in numbers and were never intimated by Ghana’s pace and strength.
But as the game wore on, the host couldn’t contain the fast Ghanaians anymore, who equalised through Henry Medarious, who scored from close range from a corner kick around the hour mark.
Namibian captain and goalkeeper Donovan Gainub was truly inspirational between the poles as he time and again bravely thwarted Ghana’s attacks as the hosts gave Ghana a run for their money.
The match was decided by another corner kick as Namibia’s defence failed to clear a corner kick and substitute Kofi Amoakoa scored from inside the box to ensure Ghana’s place in the final as they now have six points from two games with one game to play.
In the earlier match at the same venue, Westphalia, following their 3-0 loss to Ghana on Day One, gave a more determined display to beat South Africa 3-0. Cagatoy Kader gave the Germans a 1-0 first half lead and in the second half, Nils Burchardt and Frederick Lach scored to make it 3-0.
Ghana leads the points table with six points, followed by Westphalia on three points and Namibia on one, the same as South Africa but with a better goal-difference. Namibian have scored two goals and conceded three, while South Africa scored one and conceded four goals.
On Easter Good Friday, Ghana will look to finish the group on maximum points as they play South Africa at 16h00 before the 18h00 clash in which Namibia will look to cause a major upset against Westphalia and book a final berth against Ghana on Sunday. Westphalia can secure their final berth with a draw against the hosts.
Day-two results: Westphalia 3-0 South Africa Namibia 1-2 Ghana
Day Three fixtures: 16h00: Ghana vs. South Africa 18h00: Namibia vs. Westphalia
Source : The Namibian