Ten-man Lesotho beat Namibia to go top of Group C

Ten-man Lesotho beat Namibia to go top of Group C
Anthony Kham of Namibia gets away from Mokoteli Mohapi of Lesotho during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Namibia and Lesotho at Nkana Stadium, Kitwe on 10 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Dec 10, 2017. 15:00

Lesotho have upset the odds to defeat Namibia at the 2017 U-20 Cosafa Cup and go top of Group C.

The match at Nkana Stadium saw the young Likuena claim a 2-1 victory despite playing more than half of the encounter with just 10 men.

Relebohile Mabone was sent off for a poor challenge late in the first stanza, leaving Lesotho with a numerical disadvantage.

They also found themselves a goal down just under 20 minutes into the second half, with Romario Hawiseb putting Namibia ahead and seemingly on course for victory.

However, Lesotho found remarkable resilience to fight back and first equalise through Koloti Roboama in the 70th minute, before the attacker struck again in the 76th.

The result lifts the young Likuena to the top of Group C on four points, though Zimbabwe will be looking to join them by beating Angola in the second match at Nkana Stadium later on Sunday afternoon.

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