The mesmerizing Young Warriors bowed out of the 2021 CAF U20 African Cup of Nations on Sunday night following their 1-0 defeat to Burkina Faso as they finished bottom of Group B with a point from three games in Mauritania.
It was devastating blow for the young men -making their maiden appearance at the continental showpiece- were again dominant but lives to rue their missed chances after a last-minute goal by Kouame Botue gave Burkina Faso a 1-0 victory.
The Young Warriors produced another scintillating performance with the likes of Edmar Kamatuka, the ever-green Prins Tjiueza, and captain Steven Damaseb causing all sorts of problems for the burly defenders of Burkina Faso throughout the match, but as was the case in the previous two games, goal-scoring again evaded the Namibians.
Especially for Tjiueza, he had shots at goal, albeit from way out and the Namibians won freekicks from the heavy tackles of the Burkina Faso players.
Man of the match Damaseb also came very close as he saw his volley blocked by a defender, among the arrays of chances the young lads conjured as they looked to upset the favorites, Burkina Faso.
Namibians hearts were broken right at the end as an unmarked Botue headed home to snatch victory to Burkina Faso.
With the win, Burkina Faso finished on top of Group B to book their place in the quarterfinals, where they are joined by the Central African Republic, who beat Tunisia 2-1 in the other Group B match on Sunday night.
Namibia coach James Britz remains gracious in defeat.
“Unfortunately we went out early, but I must say there are some good things that we can take from this tournament. Out of our three games, we had two man-of-the-match awards which I think is great at this level. We come from a country that only has 2,5 million people and we got two awards – Prins Tjiueza against the Central Africa Republic, and today our captain Steven Damaseb. They are not easy to play against and they are giants of African football, so we can take pride in these achievements,” he states.