Hungry Namibia beats Zimbabwe

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Namibia mastered out a 5-4 penalties shootout victory over host Zimbabwe on Sunday to advance to the final round of the 2018 Confederation of Africa Footfall (CAF) Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) were Comoros awaits.

The Namibian faced an uphill battle when they faced Zimbabwe on Sunday, having a slender 1-0 lead form the first half and facing the tie’s favorites in their own backyard, it was going to take great determination for the Brave Warriors to sneak into the third round.

Zimbabwe managed to run out 1-0 winners thanks to a strike from Prince Dube, leaving the aggregate score 1-1 after two legs and this resulted in the two nations going into a penalty shoot-out to decide who would progress to the next stage of qualifiers – Namibia showed nerves of steel to win 5-4 on penalties.

Petrus Shitembi, Hendrick Somaeb, Riaan Hanamub scored to keep the Braves Warriors in the shootout and then substitute goalkeeper Edward Maova, having replaced the injured Lodyt Kazapua in the second half, kept his cool and saved Zimbabwe fourth penalty. Dynamo Fredericks then scored to make it 4-3 and Zimbabwe scored their final penalty to make it 4-4 and then up stepped Immanuel Heita for his moment in the sun. The Black Africa midfielder, a substitute as well slotted home and sent the Namibians into wild celebrations leaving coach Mannetti a happy man.

“ We played a very good Zimbabwe team that was in a great shape than us but our hunger was stronger than them .The mentality have won us this round. We wanted it more than them. The boys defended well, created chances and that was very brave of them. When Immanuel scored that penalty we could not contain ourselves. We are enjoying the moment and we will go for dinner at High Commissioner Residence and we will enjoy ourselves”, Mannetti wrapped up the fixture.

The triumphant Brave Warriors returns home on Monday and will prepare to travel to Comoros for an 11 August Third Round first leg and the second meeting will be in Windhoek on 18 August. The winner will qualify to the 2018 CHAN to be held in Kenya from 11 January to 02 February.

Brave Warriors starting 11 against Zimbabwe: Lodyt Kazapua, Tiberius Lombard, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Larry Horaeb, Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Dynamo Fredericks, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi, Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb.