Baby Warriors advance in AFCON Qualifiers ahead of Cosafa Championships

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Godwin Awaseb’ s first half goal helped the Baby Warriors to advance to the second round of the CAF U/17 AFCON Qualifiers on away goal rule following their 2-1 defeat on Saturday at the Lobaste Stadium.

Midfielder Godwin Awaseb scored on three minutes to give the visitors the all-important away goal and lead the tie 2-0. The home side however dug deep and scored two late first half goals to lead 2-1 at halftime and that was all she wrote as the two sides failed to find the net in the second half. It was 2-1 in the end and 2-2 on aggregate with the Baby Warriors going through to the second goal to face Congo Brazzaville on the road to Madagascar 2017.

Lleyton Goliath replaced Shipanga while Mbakondja Tjahikika came on for Godwin Eiseb and Alex Kuukongelwa substituted captain Dawid Morgan JR as Timo Tjongarero’ s side changed their approach in the second half to hold on to result and a passage to the second round of the qualifiers.

“We are very pleased with the result. It was not easy but the boys dug deep and we got the result to get through. We now look forward to the next match and it’s again all about exposure for the lads. Luckily we go to Cosafa under 17 champs in Mauritius later this month and that will help the team's match fitness a lot. The challenge now is for us to create an understanding with the nearby schools to make sure the boys also excel academically” Tjongarero says.

The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) on Friday announced the draw for the Cosafa U/17 Championship with Namibia in Group A alongside Mauritius, South Africa and Seychelles.

Holders Zambia are in Group B together with Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique for the Tournament to be played from 22 to 31 July 2016.

The top two nations in each group advance to the semi-finals, where the top team in Group A plays the Group B runner-up and the Group B winner faces the second-placed side from Group A.

Botswana vs Namibia: Philipus Josef, Godwin Awaseb, Johannes Hollombach, Lubeni Haukongo, Immanuel Isaya, Dawid Morgan JR, Helmuth Namaseb, Stanley Ndjavera, Vaino Uugwanga , Tulela Shipanga, Godwin Eiseb.