Baby Warriors downed by Congo

22 Aug 2016 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - The national Under-17 football team lost 0-3 on Sunday in the return leg of the 2017 Confederation of African Football U-17 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) Qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville.
Namibia’s Baby Warriors lost the second-round first leg match that was played in Windhoek some two weeks back, 1-2. With the defeat in Congo, the Baby Warriors crashed out of the Afcon qualifiers with a 5-1 aggregate.
On Sunday, at the Alphonse Massemba-Debat Stadium in Brazzaville, Congo led the game with a 0-2 half-time score.
A statement availed to Nampa by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Sunday quotes U-17 coach Timothy Tjongarero as saying the Baby Warriors gave away an early goal and later conceded a penalty.
“Overall, the boys showed some great character and we had chances that we failed to convert in the first half. The second half was much stronger from us and we created three clear chances, with two penalty appeals waved away,” said Tjongarero.
The coach added that the team is becoming better in the bigger scheme of things in their overall development.
“In terms of dealing with various physically imposing teams the boys are getting there and with more high level matches such as this one, we have a great team for the future of our football,” Tjongarero stated.
The team is expected back home on Tuesday.