It’s not over yet- Malembu

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The Baby Warriors will leave no stone unturned in their quest to reach the 2018 Cosafa U/17 Championships semifinals when they face Botswana in their Group A do-die clash on Tuesday morning, 10h00 at the Stade Anjalay in Belle Vue Muarel, Mauritius.

The Young Namibians have to beat their Eastern neighbors Botswana to stand a chance of reaching the last four after a win and lose in their first two games. Coach Paul Shakes Malembu says all is not lost and the boys can salvage their campaign tomorrow.

“It’s not all over yet, we still have a chance and the boys are focused and in good spirit at the moment. We just need and have lifted them up after the defeat on Saturday and now we need to see what happens on Tuesday. There is no pressure, they are youngsters and they need our motivation”, Malembu states.

He adds that the boys will give it all: “We are encouraging them to give it all on match day and see what happens. They have done well in the opening game, we can try to emulate that display, and again play to our strengths”, explains Malembu.

Namibia sits in third place in Group A, equal on three points it Mauritius in second place with Botswana leading on six points. The COSAFA Under-17 Championships serve as a qualifier for the 2019 African Under-17 Championships that will be played in Tanzania, which in turn is a qualifier for the FIFA World Cup in Peru later in the year.

TOURNAMENT STATS
Biggest victory: Namibia 8 Seychelles 3 (Group A, July 19)
Most goals in a game: 11 – Namibia 8 Seychelles 3 (Group A, July 19)

GOALSCORERS
4 goals - Prins Tjiueza (Namibia)
3 - Tyrin George (Namibia)
2 - Oageng Maphorisa (Botswana), Rino Pauline (Seychelles), Bandile Shabangu (Swaziland)
1 - Afandi Aboudou (Seychelles), Mthokozisi Balakasi (South Africa), Pablo Bechardas (Mozambique), John Bonomali (Zimbabwe), Thando Buthelezi (South Africa), Langelihle Dlamini (Swaziland), Edmar Kamatuka (Namibia), Jeremy Kawoa (Mauritius), Tebogo Kopelang (Botswana), Motlhalosi Nare (South Africa), Netinho (Angola), Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya (Zimbabwe), Benson Simwanda (Zambia), Bongolwethu Siyasi (South Africa), Jarrel Suzette (Seychelles)