CORRECTION: "Super sub" Nekundi takes Namibia into the last eight

19 Jan 2018 14:10pm

By Hesron Kapanga

MARRAKECH, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – An injury time goal from super substitute Panduleni Nekundi was enough to book Namibia its place in its first ever quarterfinals of the Africa Nations Championship (Chan).
Namibia beat Uganda 1-0 in their second match of the competition on Thursday night at the Marrakech stadium.
The Brave Warriors are now second in Group B levelled on six points with Zambia who are top of the group on goal difference.
In their second match at the competition, Namibia failed to control the game from the first minute but managed to get a chance on goal in the 35th minute of the game through Hendrik Somaeb whose chipped ball missed the post by inches.
In the second half, the Brave Warriors continued where they left off in the first half, struggling to control the game which forced coach Ricardo Mannetti to make some changes, bringing in Itamunua Keimuine for Hendrick Somaeb, Panduleni Nekundi for Theophilus Junias and Roger Katjiteo for Petrus Shitembi.
With only a minute to go in the game, brilliant play from Dynamo Fredericks to Keimuine found Panduleni in the penalty box who scored the goal that saw the Namibian team booking themselves a spot in the quarterfinals that will be played on 27 January in Marrakech or Casablanca.
Addressing the media after the game Mannetti said Uganda was a better team on the night but he is happy his team made it through to the next round of the championship.
“We played against a more composed Uganda team that was comfortable on the ball. We were not good on the ball but we changed the tactics to play on every counter attack in the second half and with Uganda getting a red card we used that opportunity to get our self a goal,” Mannetti said.
He added that their style of play has brought them this far and with less pressure now in their last game they will see what tactics to deploy when they take on Zambia.
“The technical team and myself will make a decision now going in our last game based on who we want to meet Sudan or Morocco.
“But this does not mean we are going to lose our last group game as we want to also come out top of the group,” he said.
The Brave Warriors’ next game at the competition will be against Zambia on 22 January in Casablanca with the group winner facing runner up in Group A while the runner up in Group be will face the winner of Group A that will either be Sudan or host nation Morocco.