Namibia’s men Z6 football team vies for bronze medal

14 Dec 2014 10:50am
BULAWAYO, 14 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibia U-20 men’s football team will play Malawi for a bronze medal at the Zone Six Youth Games on Sunday currently underway here.
Namibia lost their semi-final encounter 0-1 against the host nation Zimbabwe, at the Luveve Stadium on Saturday.
Namibia, who controlled play in the first half of the game failed to convert their scoring opportunities and went into the half time break 0-0.
In the second-half, Zimbabwe picked up their game and in the 65th minute of the game Learmore Muyambo scored the only goal of the game with a long range strike outside the box.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Baloyi Tsandib of Namibia was given his second yellow card of the game for bringing down Ishmael Munsanka and got his marching orders.
Team Namibia continued attacking but could not find a goal, the game ended 1-0 in favour of Zimbabwe.
Namibia earlier lost its game against Zambia, but defeated Lesotho and drew with South Africa.
Namibia will now play for the bronze medal against Malawi, while Zambia and Zimbabwe will play in the finals.
Namibian men's football coach, Upi Turipamwe, said his team lost because of an individual moment of brilliance from the Zimbabwean player.
“The game was played on two halves. We had one half and Zimbabwe controlled the other half and one moment of brilliance in the second half from their player got them the goal that they really needed to reach the finals,” he told Nampa after the match.
The coach added that he will use the same approach when they meet Malawi.
“We have a brilliant strategy, but the only problem is the goal scoring and I will use the same strategy but just replace a couple of players and hope we will get the goals to at least go home with a bronze medal,” stated Turipamwe.
Namibia was also represented in women’s football, netball, athletics, tennis, boxing, swimming as well as Paralympian sports.
All the other codes finished with their activities on Saturday.
Namibia ended second in the 2012 edition of the Zone Six Games held in Lusaka, Zambia.