Namibia lose to Lesotho at Cosafa Youth Champs

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The Young Warriors lost their second group C game against Lesotho 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Nkana Stadium in Kitwe and will have to beat Zimbabwe on Tuesday to entertain hopes of reaching the semifinals at the 2017 Cosafa Under -20 Championships underway in Zambia.

Namibia came into the game on Sunday leading Group C after beating Angola 1-0 on Friday and Lesotho were second after a goalless draw against Zimbabwe on Thursday and thus the second game on Sunday was a chance for Gerald Guther and his side to edge closer to the semifinals or for Lesotho to get back into contention.

Lesotho were all over Namibian in the first half but the boys defended well until halftime with Lesotho reduced to 10 men as they had R Mobane sent off on 41 minutes for a reckless change on Rivaldo Festus.

In the second half, Guther introduced Romario Hawiseb for the ineffective Enzo Mungendje who scored in the Angola victory, and on 64 minutes the substitute got his goal as Namibia made their numerical advantage count. Hawiseb volleyed home at the near post after a counterattack and sloppy Lesotho defending.

However, on 70 minutes Lesotho got the equalizer through Koloti Roboama and he completed his brace on 76 minutes and he should have scored his third later on as the game ended 2-1 in favor of Lesotho.

In his match analyses, a gutted Guther says the team did not pitch on the day and Lesotho deserved their victory.

“ From the word go, our boys did not compete at all. Lesotho played football from the 1980s: Put in long and play psychical. Our boys could not handle that. After we went 1-0 up we got complacent and they came back. Our key players did not pull their weight and Lesotho worked very hard for their win”, Guther explains.

Lesotho now sit top of Group C on four points with Namibia in second on three, ahead of Zimbabwe and Angola, the latter two to face off at 15h00 on Sunday. The Young Warriors will have to beat Zimbabwe in their final game as only the group winner and the best –runner up from the three groups will reach the semifinals.

“ We have to forget about this defeat and plan for the game on Tuesday. We are fighting for our country and we still have a match to win and it’s not yet over”, an optimistic Guther states.

The battle of the Young Warriors of Namibia and Zimbabwe will be on Tuesday at 15h00.