Draws for Namibia

The Brave Warriors saw their first half lead cancelled by the spirited Burundi side with the last minute goal in the Group C match.

It was a game of two halves at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday as the hosts controlled the first period and the visitors taking charge after the break.

Namibia head coach Bobby Samaria paraded an experienced starting team with the likes of Aninias Gebhardt, Petrus Shitembi, Deon Hotto, Denzil Haoseb all included.

South African Premier League top scorer and best player Peter Shalulile was named to lead the attack for the Brave Warriors.

And it was the talisman Shalulile who scored the opening goal of the game to put Namibia in front in the 10th minute with a wonderful strike to beat goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana.

Burundi came into second half as the better side having forced Namibia goalkeeper Lloydt Kazapua to make two crucial saves deny the visitors the equaliser with both efforts coming from Cedric Amissi.

Kazakhstan based striker Bonfilscaleb Bimenyimana scored very late in the game to rescue a point for the Swallows with his very first competitive goal to put the Burundi on level terms.

Bimenyimana was sent off moments later after receiving a second caution for removing his shirt while celebrating the equalising goal.

Both countries with a point each will take a temporal lead in Group C as favourites Cameroon were on standby and be in action against Burundi on matchday two later on.

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