Namibia wins Under-17 Cosafa Championship

31 Jul 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia beat South Africa 3-1 on penalties to be crowned 2016 Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Under-17 champion in Mauritius on Sunday.
The teams drew 1-1 in regular time.
Namibia took the lead after the half-time break.
A match report on the Cosafa website quoted Namibia’s coach Timothy Tjongarero saying it was a very difficult game but they used a tactic and it worked.
“Our idea was to frustrate the South African team at the back and throw long balls. I think it went well.
“The motivation and belief were there and we kept on going. Even though they equalised, we still believed we could win,” he said.
Tjongarero added that it was good experience for them, having played against opponents with different styles, different pace and different systems.
“It helps us to develop and improve. I really appreciate that Cosafa is organising a tournament for the under-17 age group and if it is played on a regular basis, then it will be very good 10 years later for all our teams in the region,” he said.