Youth Games U-20 women's football team to compete for bronze

14 Dec 2018 14:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
GABORONE, 14 DEC (NAMPA) – The Under-20 national women's football team will compete for a bronze medal against Zimbabwe at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five, Under-20 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana on Saturday.
The Namibians lost 0-1 in the semi-final play-off against hosts Botswana on Thursday.
Botswana dominated play with impressive passes as well as runs in the first half of the game.
Team Namibia, who had an off day on the pitch, conceded the only goal of the match in the 32nd minute when their goalkeeper Queandra Batista failed to save a shot from long range, which was pounced on by Botswana's Esalenna Galekhutle.
After taking the lead, Botswana continued with their impressive dominance of the game and fast passes, for which the Namibians had no reply.
In the 38th minute, Namibia got a chance to equalise after Beverly Uueziua beat the Botswana defence, but their goalkeeper Bame Mokime was on form and calmly saved Uueziua's shot.
The half-time score was 0-1.
In the second half Botswana dropped their form, which gave the Namibians room to roam around in their half of the field, but their poor form upfront disappointed them.
With only five minutes left in the game, Namibia had a chance to push the game to a penalty shoot-out after Uueziua was brought down outside the box, but Mokime once again came to her team's rescue with a brilliant save from a free kick.
Speaking to the media after the match, Namibian coach Kasaona Uerikondjera said her team played well but it was unfortunate that they ended up on the losing side.
“We dominated play but could not find the back of the net. We are now going to change of focus to the game against Zimbabwe and hopefully win that game,” she said.