Namibia loses first CHAN qualifier match

29 Jul 2013 10:30
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) - The national football team alias the Brave Warriors started their participation in the African Nations’ Championships (CHAN) on a sad note when they lost their qualifier match by 3-0 against Mozambique on Sunday.
The match, which was played in Maputo, means the Warriors now have a huge mountain to climb in order to qualify for the CHAN, slated for South Africa next year.
The return leg is coming up here on Saturday.
By half-time, the Namibian side was already behind by 1-0 after a penalty was awarded to Mozambique when African Stars’ defender Chris Katjukua committed a foul against a Mozambican player in the danger zone.
Defender Almiro Lobo made no mistake by converting and netting the first goal of the match in the 30th minute.
Mozambique’s Mambas then scored their second goal midway through the second half with a well-taken header by Dario Khan after Josimar Machaisse’s corner kick.
Seven minutes later, the Mambas tripled their lead when Mario Sunuab scored following a pass he got from his teammate Almiro Lobo, putting the score board at 3-0 until the final whistle.
The two teams will meet at Windhoek’s Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday at 17h00, with the winner playing Zambia in the final qualification game.
Namibia also lost 0-1 to Mozambique in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations’ (COSAFA) Cup, which was recently held in Zambia.
The Brave Warriors are expected to return to Windhoek on Monday, with their preparations for the second leg commencing on Tuesday morning at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.