Namibia claimed the COSAFA Plate title with a slender 1-0 win over Zambia at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Friday night.
The only goal of the game came courtesy of Ronald Ketjijere from the penalty spot.
Zambia, though, had the first effort on goal in the ninth minute, but a powerful header from Adrian Chama went over the target.
In the 21st minute Namibia were afforded the chance to take the lead after the referee adjudged Donashano Malama to have handled the ball inside the box and pointed to the penalty spot.
Ronald Ketjijere stepped up to the spot for Namibia and duly gave his side the lead, 1-0.
Itamunua Keimuine almost doubled Namibia’s lead in the 35th minute, but his long range effort was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Danny Munyao.
The half ended 1-0 in favour of Namibia.
Zambia came out strong in the second half and almost restored parity two minutes after the break, but Festus Mbewe’s powerful effort from just outside the box skimmed the wrong side of the post.
On the hour mark Mbewe came close to scoring again, but this time his effort from just inside the box was cleared off the line by Ferdinand Karongee.
Zambia pushed hard for an equalising goal in the dying minutes of the match, but Namibian defence stood firm.
In the end Namibia kept the back door shut and picked up the Plate trophy in the 2016 COSAFA tournament.
Zambia (0) 0
Namibia (1) 1 (Ketjijere 21’ pen)
Zambia: Danny Munyao, Adrian Chama, Buchizya Mfune, Donashano Malama, Paul Katema, Festus Mbewe, Charles Zulu (Conlyde Luchanga 79’), Patson Daka, Spencer Sautu, Emmanuel Museka, Jacob Ngulube (Salulani Phiri 69’).
Namibia: Maximillian Mbaeva, Denzil Haoseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Ferdinand Karongee, Deon Hotto, Wangu Gome, Absalom Iimbondi (Dynamo Fredericks 86’), Ronald Ketjijere, Peter Shalulile (Hendrik Somaeb 90’), Itamunua Keimuine (Benson Shilongo 76’), Larry Horaeb