Young Warriors out of AFCON Qualifiers


The Young Warriors slow start cost them dearly as they bowed out of the 2019 CAF U/20 AFCON qualifications with a 1-1 against Botswana on Sunday afternoon at the Sam Nujoma stadium.

Two weeks ago, Namibia went to Botswana and held their host to a goalles draw and on Sunday they had to win to progress to the second round of the youth qualifiers.

It was not to be as Botswana scored first through
Baokeditswe Talane in the second half before Bethel Muzeu converted for the home side after a great freekick delivered by Life fighters wingback Hubert Mingeri.

In the first halftime, the enterprising Mingeri was causing all sorts of problems for Botswana as Namibia looked to take advantage but all thier effort came to none.

Midway the first half, a game- hanging moment saw Johannes Hollombach receives a red card for a dangerous play on Bose Ramontsho.

Despite the draw, Botswana advanced on the away goal rule.

Young Warriors coach Gerald Gutter says the lack of intensity from his charges proved to be their downfall.

"The players we pinned our hopes on failed to spackle. We didn't start like a house on fire as we should have and was key and that came back to bite us. We had our ideas and had good chances that we failed to convert. We should have done a lot better today," Guther.

Botswana proceeds to the second round to face Congo in May with the winner of that meeting advancing to the third and final round of the qualifiers were Senegal or Egypt waits in July.

The final tournament will be hosted by Niger in 2019 with the four semi-finalists qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, whose host will be announced next month.

Here is the starting Young Warriors against Botswana:
Vipua Tjimune, Stanley Ndjavera, Lubeni Haukongo, Hubert Mingeri , Natangwe Petrus, Julinho Jantze, Eric Naobeb, Siyabonga Ramakhutla, Johannes Hollombach, Rivaldo Laksman, Enzo Mungendje.