07 Aug 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) The national Under-17 (U-17) football team lost their Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-17 African Cup of Nations second-round first-leg clash against Congo-Brazzaville at the Independence Stadium on Saturday.
The Baby Warriors, as the team is locally known, lost the match 1-2.
The young footballers went into the game with the aim of getting maximum results but that did not go as planned.
The visitors opened the score line before the half-time break when the Namibian defence failed to clear a loose ball from the corner kick.
Despite being a goal down, the Baby Warriors maintained their composure and did not allow the opponents to extend the score line.
The half-time score was 0-1 in favour of the visitors.
In the second half, the Namibian boys came out the stronger side as they attacked from the word go.
However, some 15 minutes into the second half the Namibians were reduced to 10 players when Godwin Awaseb got his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on his opponent.
Despite being a man down, the recently crowned Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Under-17 champions got an equaliser in the 72nd minutes when Junior Petrus scored a loose ball from 40 metres to level the score.
The Congolese starlets managed to extend the lead and put a foot in the next round of the competition when they scored the winning goal in the 90th minute after a brilliant combination.
Speaking to the media after the game, the coach of the Namibian U-17 team, Timo Tjongarero said he was proud of his boys and he is looking forward to the return leg in Congo-Brazzaville.
We would have done better but the pitch was not the best. The boys did all that was required from them on the day but we were caught out in the last minutes of the game when we lost concentration. But I am happy with the teams performance, he said.
The return leg of the Under-17 African Cup of Nations second-round match will be played on 21 August in Congo-Brazzaville at the Alphonse Massemba-Debat Stadium.
The winner of the two legs will progress to the third round of the competition.