WINDHOEK, 22 JUL – Namibia’s U-17 football team will go back to the drawing board for their last group game of the 2018 Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) U-17 Championships against their neighbours Botswana on Tuesday.
The Namibian boys who opened their campaign at the championship in Mauritius with an 8-3 win against Seychelles, lost their second group game 0-1 against the host nation on Saturday. It leaves the two nations levelled on three points each; both hopeful of winning their final matches in the group to either top the group or finish as one of the best runners-up to Botswana – currently top of the group with six points.
Only the top teams in each pool and the best placed runner-up advance to the semi-finals, where they will have the chance to lift the trophy and qualify for the 2019 African U-17 Championships in Tanzania next year.
Speaking to Nampa from Mauritius on Sunday, team coach Paul ‘Shakes’ Malembu said they are back to the drawing board for their last group game.
“There’s nothing much we can do in a space of one day. We are back at the training ground to work on key positions such as defence as well as playing in space,” he said.
Malembu added that they will also work with the boys on having a positive approach towards the game.
“We need to motivate the boys and keep the spirit high, they must have self-belief,” stated the coach.
Namibia’s next match in the competition against Botswana on Tuesday is at 10h00.