Namibia on course to defend Cosafa Plate title

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A Roger Katjiteo second half goal was enough to see the Brave Warriors through to the Plate Section Final after edging Swaziland in the semifinal on Tuesday night at the Moruleng Stadium in South Africa.

Namibia and Swaziland played out an error-ridden first half before the 2015 winners took the lead through Katjiteo in the 57th minute after being set up by Itamunua Keimuine.

Deon Hotto’s skills on the left wing kept the Swazi defenders busy and almost set up a second soon after for Katjiteo, whose header crashed against the crossbar.

Off target shooting from the Swazis cost them any chance of getting back in the contest.

Man of the Match Deon Hotto attributed the victory to teamwork. " Our coach told us to take the match seriously to stay in the competition and try to keep the Plate we won last year".

ON facing South Africa, Hotto said his side is ready to face Bafana Bafana in the final. " Extra motivation for us to play South Africa. our locals looking forward to play the Plate final, a boats for the local-based boys".

Coach Ricrado Mannetti was a satisfied man in the end. " been a tough week, we pulled through, and got that all important goal. we could have scored more but I'm play to face South Africa".

South Africa and Namibia meet each other in the plate final at 4pm on Friday at the Moruleng Stadium, followed by the tournament’s bronze medal match.

A much changed South Africa side went some way to made up for the disappointment of their quarter-final exit at the hands of Tanzania on Sunday by beating Botswana 2-0 with goals from Riyaad Norodien and Judas Moseamedi.