Zambia sinks Namibia on penalties in Chan qualifiers
04 Jul 2015 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) Namibias senior national football team the Brave Warriors lost 6-5 on penalties to Zambia on Saturday, ending their dream of reaching the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals.
Namibia went into the game with a 2-1 aggregate lead after their win at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last month.
The 2016 Chan tournament will take place in Rwanda from 16 January to 07 February 2016.
As in Namibia, Zambia opened the scoring in the 30th minute, but Namibia equalised through Benyamen Nenkavu before the half-time break.
The half-time score was 1-1.
In the second half Zambias goalkeeper Perry Mubanga headed in a corner kick from close range in the 70th minute to level the score at 3-3 on aggregate for both teams.
The game was pushed to a penalty shoot-out to decide the winner.
In the shoot-out Namibias Denzil Hoaseb was saved by Mubanga, while Heinrich Isaacks hit the crossbar to hand the home team a 6-5 win.
Zambia will now face the winner between Mozambique and Seychelles, while the Brave Warriors will turn their attention to the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Senegal in Windhoek in September.
Namibia lost their opening game of the Afcon qualifiers 0-1 away to Niger in June.