Brave Warriors lose to Senegal

04 Sep 2016 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - The Brave Warriors lost their penultimate 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match in Dakar, Senegal by two goals to nil on Saturday.
A media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) said the Brave Warriors performed gallantly, with goal keeper Maximilian Mbaeva saving a penalty.
Senegal led 1-0 at half-time and got their second goal with about 10 minutes to go thanks to a converted penalty as the Brave Warriors restricted the Lions of Teranga to few and far chances in the final round of the matches in the qualifiers.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti, despite being disappointed with the result, commended his players for their attitude and character during the match.
“After all the difficulties we faced ahead of this game and missing some key players, the guys that played today, the first competitive game in over two months and against European-based players, were remarkable and showed great character,” Mannetti said after the match. Mannetti sang the praises of stand-in captain, Golden Arrows’ goalkeeper Maximillian Mbaeva, who saved a penalty and was exceptional in goal against the straight-shooting Senegal side.
“Max was wonderful in goal today and did so well with all the pressure and exceptional talent of Senegal. Our players played to our tactics and frustrated the opposition for the better part of the game and I bet if we could have prepared better, the outcome would have made for even better reading. The issues back home took a toll on the boys but they remained great sons and true ambassadors,” he said.
Senegal finished top of the group with 18 points with Burundi in second place with six points, the same points as third-placed Namibia and Niger at the bottom on three points. Niger will host Burundi on Sunday.