04 Aug 2013 11:40
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG, (NAMPA) A spirited Brave Warriors side beat Mozambique 3-0 here on Saturday, but the win was not enough to ensure they proceed in the African Nations Championships (CHAN).
The Namibians win was in retaliation to a 3-0 defeat against the same team in Maputo, Mozambique last week in the same CHAN qualifiers.
The draw between the two teams resulted in a penalty shoot-out which the Mozambicans won 5-4.
By half time, the score was still zero-all, but three yellow cards had been issued by then - two to Mozambique and one to Namibia.
A few minutes into the second half, Apson Majante from Mozambique was issued with a red card when he committed a foul inside the danger zone.
Namibia scored its first goal through forward Tangeni Shipahu, following a pass from teammate Deon Kavendji shortly after the break.
The Warriors soon after netted their second goal, and scored again with 15 minutes left on the clock.
National team coach Ricardo Mannetti was very happy with his boys performance, saying they played very well, and he is sure Mozambique never expected that from them.
I am not disappointed, we showed that we can play until the last whistle, and my players deserve credit as they have shown that they have the potential, said Mannetti.
Meanwhile, even though Namibia lost out on a place in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, they are still expected to play their last qualifier match on 07 September against Kenya in Nairobi, according to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) rules.