COSAFA U-17: Namibia win opening game

25 Jul 2016 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Under-17 national team claimed their first victory in the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Under-17 Championships in Mauritius on Saturday.
The championship started on Friday. The top two teams in each group will go through to the semi-finals. The final is scheduled for 31 July.
Namibia is in Group A with Mauritius, Seychelles and South Africa.
On Saturday, the Namibian outfit defeated hosts Mauritius 3-1 in their opening Group A match at the Stade Anjalay in Belle Vue Maurel.
A match report by Cosafa said Namibia were the most impressive outfit despite finishing the game with 10 players.
The young Namibian boys took the lead inside five minutes when the exciting Eldery Morgan bundled the ball home after a scramble in the Mauritian box.
The report also stated that both sides had chances in the remainder of the first half but there were no more goals before the break.
In the second half, Mauritius had their equaliser midway through the second period through Neehal Hurdoyal as he scored directly from a corner, much to the annoyance of Namibian keeper Josef Phillipus.
Things really looked to be headed the home side’s way when Stanley Ndjavera received a second yellow card for Namibia and they were reduced to 10 men.
But within three minutes, Namibia were ahead with a fine solo goal as Rivaldo Laksman dribbled his way past three defenders to slot the ball home.
The points were made safe five minutes from time when Abram Tjahikika got a third for Namibia as he converted a cross from Immanuel Isaya.
In another Group A match, South Africa also collected three points with a slender but deserved 1-0 victory over Seychelles at the same venue.
Namibia is currently top of the log, but level on three points with South Africa - a team they will play on Monday at 12h00 Namibian time.