13 Oct 2018 22:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 OCT (NAMPA) Goals from Petrus Shitembi and Deon Hotto were all the Brave Warriors needed to collect their first three points in the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.
The senior mens national team came from behind to beat a resilient and dominant Mozambique side 2-1 at their home ground during round three of the Afcon qualifiers in Maputo on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Namibia are now level on four points with other Group K contestants, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Zambia.
Guinea-Bissau are top of the group, followed by Mozambique in second and Namibia in third, while Zambia is bottom of the group on goal difference.
On Saturday in Maputo the Brave Warrior found the going tough as the home team dominated the play and created a lot of scoring opportunities that they failed to capitalise on.
The Brave Warriors were then forced to play a defensive game in the first half, which saw Mozambique finding the back of the net in the 25th minute after the Namibia defence was found napping when Edson Sitoe headed in the opener.
The half-time score was 0-1 in favour of the home team.
In the second half Namibian coach Ricardo Mannetti rang in some changes as he brought in Sadney Urikhob for Benson Shilongo, who found the going tough in the first half. Despite the introduction of Urikhob, who had some brave runs up front, the Namibia team still found it hard to dominate possession.
Namibia finally broke through the Mozambique defence in the 69th minute after Shitembi converted a goal from Peter Shalulile's hard work. Shalulile beat the Mozambique defence on the left side to find Shitembi in the box for the equaliser.
Mannetti once again made some changes as he brought in Deon Hotto for Absalom Iimbondi and the super substitute Hotto scored an injury time goal to hand Namibia their first win in the group qualifiers.
Namibia and Mozambique will clash again on 16 October at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek for the return leg of the qualifiers.