Nam lose to Senegal in Afcon qualifiers

05 Sep 2015 22:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia lost 0-2 to Senegal in the 2017 African Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifiers here on Saturday.
The match kicked off at 14h30 in a packed Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyaté managed to score his team's first goal 40 minutes into the first half.
Kouyaté plays as a central midfielder for English football club West Ham United.
The first half ended 1-0.
Sadio Mané scored the Teranga Lions’ second goal in the second half.
Mané also plays in England as a winger for Southampton Football Club.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said during a media conference after the match that his players played “a little bit too much with emotions”.
“The fans were there, and they (players) wanted to win and that compromised them.
“We were a little too much in a rush and in those moments Senegal was better than us,” he said.
Mannetti said Namibia lost to a great team and there is no shame in that. He said the Senegalese were matured, patient and intelligent when they had the ball. They also had an advantage in height.
He added that when Namibia fell behind, two tactical substitutions had to be made as the team needed speed.
Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé said the game was not easy, and is happy with the outcome.
It is the second time Namibia lose to Senegal after their 1-3 defeat in a friendly match in 2008.
Namibia also lost its opening game of the group 0-1 to Niger in June, while Senegal beat Burundi 3-1 to lead the group.
The Brave Warriors will play against Burundi in Group K of the 2017 Afcon qualifier on 23 March 2016.