Babby Warriors through to second round of CAF U-17 tourney

03 Jul 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) – Godwin Awaseb’s goal during the first-half helped the Baby Warriors advance to the second round of the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-17 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers on the away-goal rule.
Namibia lost 1-2 to Botswana’s Baby Zebras on Saturday at the Lobatse Stadium to finish the fixture at two goals apiece on aggregate after Namibia won the first tie 1-0 in Windhoek on 24 June.
The home side scored two late first-half goals to win the match but the Baby Warriors advanced to the next round after scoring away from home.
They will next face Congo Brazzaville in two matches (away and home) in August this year. The CAF U-17 final is slated for Madagascar in April 2017.
A media statement from the Namibia Football Association on Sunday said midfielder Awaseb gave Namibia the all-important away goal.
Namibian coach Timo Tjongarero was quoted as saying that it was a tough match for his charges and expressed his happiness on qualifying for the next round of the qualifiers.
“We are very pleased with the result. It was not easy but the boys dug deep and we got the result to get through. We now look forward to the next match and it’s again all about exposure for the lads. Luckily, we go to the Cosafa U-17 champs in Mauritius later this month and that will help the team's match fitness a lot,” Tjongarero said.
Namibia was on Friday drawn in Group A with hosts Mauritius, South Africa and Seychelles in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) U-17 championship.
Tjongarero added they are pleased that the NFA has granted the boys an opportunity to play as many matches as possible in order to assist in their development as footballers.
“There is no lucky draw or a preference of who we want play or which group we want to be in; the important thing here is the number of matches they can play and the experience they can gain by playing different countries.
“I wish to thank Cosafa for coming to the aid of the region and to assist in the growth of youth football with this initiative. This will greatly have a more positive impact on the holistic development of football on the continent”.
Cosafa U-17 holders Zambia are in Group B with Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique for the tournament to be played from 22 to 31 July 2016 in Mauritius.