Namibia/Mozambique: Warriors Succumb to Mambas

A WEARY Namibia bottled their 2021 Cosafa Cup campaign, following a tepid 1-0 loss to Mozambique yesterday.

That defeat, coupled with Senegal beating Malawi 2-1 in the other Group B match contested simultaneously, saw Namibia get relegated from top spot at the start of play to third by the final whistle.

Senegal’s Teranga Lions will go through to the semis as group winners, with nine points from four matches, with Mozambique edging Namibia on head to head to finish second with both sides on seven points a piece.

Mozambique will play Pool A winners South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, with the Sihlangu Semnikati of Eswatini setting up a date with Senegal tomorrow.

Unbeaten South Africa ended the group phase with yesterday’s goalless stalemate with Chipolopolo of Zambia, while Eswatini got the point they required to progress with a 1-1 draw against Botswana’s Zebras.

It was a sobering end to the tournament which held such promise for the Brave Warriors, who were on a high following back-to-back wins over Senegal and Zimbabwe in their first two matches.

Unlike in the 1-1 draw against Malawi on Tuesday, when they missed a glut of chances, Namibia struggled to break down the resolute Black Mambas unit, which exacted revenge for their 2015 final loss to Namibia.

In truth, Bobby Samaria’s charges appeared to run out of steam amid a taxing tournament schedule. The Mambas looked fresher, having had a day off prior to yesterday’s decisive match in which the weary Warriors struggled to get a foothold.