20 May 2015 09:10am
By Hesron Kapanga
MORULENG, 20 MAY (NAMPA) National senior football team Brave Warriors beat Mauritius 2-0 in its second game of the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup on Tuesday at the Moruleng Stadium.
The win means Brave Warriors still have hope of reaching the next round of the competition if they beat group leader Zimbabwe on Thursday. The match is scheduled for 16h00 Namibian time (GMT +1).
Benson Shilongo, who joined the team on Sunday from his club Gaborone United of Botswana, scored the opener in the fourth minute of the game when Itamunua Keimuine crossed the ball from the left wing into the box.
Warriors dominated 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 couldnt get the ball into the net from open play.
In the 64th minute, the Warriors was given a penalty after a Mauritius defender handled the ball with his hands in the penalty box from a Willem Mwedihangas shot at goal.
Shilongo then steped up to convert his second goal of the night and gave his side hope of reaching the next round of the competition if they get a win from their last game of the group stages on Thursday.
Speaking to the media after the game, national team coach Ricardo Mannetti said he was happy what his boys delivered when they just needed a win.
It was important for us to win today and we are now looking forward to our last game of the opening round of the tournament. Playing Zimbabwe will be our most crucial game as this will be a decider game on who goes through to the next round. Tomorrow, we will focus on that game but as for today I just want to thank the boys for winning because that shows that prayers can also be answered, said Mannetti.
Zimbabwe is currently top of the group with six points after defeating Mauritius 2-0 in their opening game of the competition on Sunday and beating Seychelles 1-0 on Tuesday.
Namibia is second in the group with four points after drawing its first game 0-0 with Seychelles and then winning against Mauritius.