25 Mar 2016 15:40pm
ATTENTION CORRECTION: Please note correction in fourth para. Sentence should read They defeated German side Westphalia 4-2 on penalties last year.
WALVIS BAY, 24 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibian under-17 (U-17) national football team started the biennial Four Nations Tournament on a rough note Wednesday, losing 0-8 to Ghanas Black Starlets at the Kuisebmund Stadium.
Ghanaian striker David Cudjoe netted four goals in the first half of the game, followed by Eric Ayiah with two goals.
In the second half, Abdul-Halik Hudu and Najeeb Yakubu got a goal each to complete the victory.
The Black Starlets are the defending champions of the competition. They defeated German side Westphalia 4-2 on penalties last year.
The second game on Wednesday took place between Westphalia and Namibias U-20 team after the South African U-17 team did not show up for that match. The reason for their no-show is not clear at this stage.
In that match, Namibia lost 0-2; one goal was scored in the first half and the other in the last half.
Speaking to Nampa after the final whistle, Namibias team manager Marcello Wakudumo said there is a big difference in the level of Ghanaian and Namibian young footballers.
Their opponents (Ghana) played the tournament before and have been training together for more than two years, he noted.
Wakudumo said the Namibian team, on the other hand, has been in a training camp for three-and-a-half weeks.
He added that it is good that the boys get exposure in these games to learn and improve their skills.
They have been training very hard, I think we just need to push hard. I am sure one day they will make it, said the team manager.
Ghanaian coach Samuel Fabian was happy with his teams performance.
We are just here to play soccer. I cannot say we will win the tournament but as you can see, we did well, he said.
Namibias U-17s and U-20s face each other Thursday, followed by Ghana versus Germany.
On Friday, Namibias U-17 will lock horns with the German team before the Namibian U-20 team challenge the Ghanaians.
There will be no games on Saturday until the semi- and final games on Sunday.