MATCH CENTRE

THU 21 MAY 2015, 15:00, WINDHOEK

4
VS
1

Namibia stun Zimbabwe to reach Cosafa Cup quarters

by Staff Reporter

Thu May 21, 19:04

A brace from Deon Hotto guided Namibia to a surprise 4-1 win over Zimbabwe in a Cosafa Cup clash at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on Thursday.

The Brave Warriors were rampant in attack and will now face defending champions Zambia in the quarterfinals for a place in the final four.

Zimbabwe were slight favourites heading into the tie, but the 2013 Cosafa Cup runners-up were unable to contain a Namibian side who progress as Group A winners.

Ricardo Manetti's troops got off to the perfect start, with Itamunua Keimuine opening the scoring with nine minutes on the clock. The forward headed Namibia in front from a short corner.

Golden Arrows star Hotto doubled the Brave Warriors' lead on the hour, racing clear of the Zimbabwean defenders on the counter-attack before calmly clipping the ball over the advancing George Chigova

Hotto completed his brace in the 68th minute following a superb finish with the outside of his foot from an acute angle to put the result beyond any reasonable doubt

A Denzil Hoaseb hand ball awarded the Warriors an opportunity to grab a consolation goal and Raphael Manuvire duly guided the spot-kick past Maritzburg United's Virgil Vries in the 84th minute.

A minute later Namibia restored their three-goal lead. Sadney Urikhob with a stunning right-footed finish to seal an emphatic win.

Four-time Cosafa Cup champions Zimbabwe bow out of the competition with six points.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
NAMIBIA ZIMBABWE
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
0
Defender
6
Defender
0
Defender
18
Defender
0
5
Defender
0
Defender
8
Defender
0
Defender
15
0
Defender
21
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
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