COSAFA: Namibia knocked out of Cosafa Castle Cup

19 Jun 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibian coach Ricardo Mannetti apologised for disappointing the nation when his team was defeated by Botswana in the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup here on Saturday.
Namibia lost 5-4 on penalties after a one-all full-time score in the second quarterfinal match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
“It’s not easy to come out second-best in a stadium that is packed to capacity. I called out on the fans to come fill the stadium and they came in numbers.
“We had a great plan but it was not executed well as we conceded a very easy goal. All I can say now is thanks to all the fans who came out in numbers and I apologise for disappointing the nation on the day,” he said.
Namibia won the 2015 edition of the regional tournament hosted in South Africa.
Botswana opened the scoring about four minutes into the second half after a goalmouth scramble by Namibian defenders to try and keep the ball out, but a last touch of the ball by Namibia’s Da Costa Angula saw the ball cross the line and the goal awarded to Botswana.
The Namibian side soldiered on with brilliant combination play between Wangu Gome, Peter Shalulile and Hendrik Somaeb.
About six minutes before the final whistle, a handball by a Botswana player resulted in a penalty kick for Namibia, which Somaeb converted to level the score line.
During the penalty shoot-out, Namibia’s Deon Hotto failed to convert from the spot, and this awarded Botswana victory.
Earlier in the day, South Africa beat Lesotho on penalties after a one-all draw.
South Africa and Botswana are now through to the semi-finals set for Wednesday.
The other two semi-finalists will be determined between Zambia and Swaziland, and DR Congo and Mozambique on Sunday.
The 2016 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup commenced here in 11 June and ends Saturday.