Tjiueza leads Baby Warriors to opening day Seychelles rout


Baby Warriors captain Prins Tjiueza scored four goals to lead Namibia to a comprehensive 8-3 over Seychelles and coach Paul Malembu calls on cool-heads as they prepare to take on the host on Saturday in the 2018 Cosafa under 17 Championships Group A tussle.

After missing out in 2017, Namibia’s Baby Warriors returned to the island of Mauritius in 2018 and on Thursday morning brushed aside another islanders Seychelles 8-3 to record their biggest win at the regional championships that this year will be used to send the winners to the continental Under-17 championships in Tanzania in 2019. Captain Prins Tjiueza scored four, Tyrin George 3 and Edmar Kamatuka scored one to lead the team to victory.

After the victory coach, Paul Malembu reiterates that the ultimate aim is to reach the semifinals but they remain grounded.

“We are not yet seeing the semifinals yet. We need to prepare for the next game and that will be against the host and then we can see how far the semifinals are. The boys’ needs to understand that they are here to enjoy themselves and no pressure should be placed on them reaching the next round. In football once you win you can get to the next round automatically and that you can do by being yourself and playing your game” Malembu explains.

The former Rundu Chiefs coach adds that the 2018 Cosafa U/17 Cup is extra special as it comes with the incentive of going to Africa and ultimately the world.

“The competition is getting bigger and bigger as we all try to reach the continentals and maybe world finals and so there is a lot at stake. We need to remain levelheaded and not be carried away by this victory. Of course, it’s a good one but we remain focused”, states Malembu.

The Baby Warriors now prepares for the wounded host Mauritius on Saturday 21 July at 15h00 and finish off Group A against Botswana on Tuesday 24 July, 12h00 at Auguste Vollaire Stadium. Mauritius lost 1-0 to Botswana today.

South Africa are in Group B together with Lesotho, Zambia and Mozambique while Group C consist of Angola, Swaziland, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The semifinals will be on 27 July with Group A winners up against Group C winners and Group B winners taking on the Best Loser. The final will be on 29 July and the eventual winners will qualify for the 2019 African under 17 Cup of Nations to be held in Tanzania.

The Baby Warriors for COSAFA U/17 Cup: Goalkeepers: Utupuka Kavita, Ikuaterua Mungendje ; Defenders: Tjpenandjambi Kaputjaza, Promise Gurirab, Vincenco Ganeb, Bradley Hanixab, Thomas Bantam , Aidyn Eiseb, Giagino Geiriseb, ; Midfielders : Steven Damaseb, Esegiel Katjirijova, Prins Tjiueza, Tyrin George, Ndjiharine Katjivena, Penouua Kandjii, Edmar Kamatuka; Strikers: Jahrule Awaseb, Gonzales Tsubeb, Friedman Goraseb, and Djorkaef Stein.