Namibian teams slump to defeats at COSAFA Championships

04 Aug 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG (NAMPA) – The national women’s senior football team, the Brave Gladiators, and the Under-20 (U20) women’s team both registered defeats in their second matches at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Going into their match on Saturday against Zambia, the Brave Gladiators needed a win to keep their hopes of competing in the semi-finals of the competition alive after their maiden 0-1 defeat to Botswana in the opening match of the championship.

Namibia’s dream of winning their first match at the competition were made difficult by Hellen Mubanga's two goals for Zambia, complemented by her teammate Mary Mwakapila’s goal, which saw the Namibian team succumb to a 2-3 score line.

Zenatha Coleman and Annouscka Kordom scored Namibia’s goals, which were not enough to get a favourable result in the match played at the Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The defeat means the Namibian team will not progress to the next round of the competition. They are now third in the group, level on zero points with their next opponents at the championship, Mauritius.

Zambia’s win took them to six points in the pool, the same number as Botswana, who defeated Mauritius 3-0 in their second Group B encounter.

Meanwhile, the Namibian U20 team, who started off the competition with a 2-1 win over Mozambique at the inaugural COSAFA Women's Under-20 Championship on Thursday, lost their second match at the championship on Saturday to hosts South Africa who sealed their place in the semi-finals with a 1-0 victory.

Shakeerah Jacobs scored the only goal of the game in the 10th minute as South Africa moved to six points.

Namibia’s U20 side still has a chance of qualification for the semi-finals and will need to defeat Zimbabwe in their next match on Monday. Both teams have lost a match against South Africa and are level on three points from two matches played thus far.