?Namibia crashed out of the 2017 Council of Southern African Football Associations Women?s championship following a 2-1 defeat by Lesotho on Sunday in their final group game at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Following news earlier that Zimbabwe had drawn their match 3-3 with Malawi, Namibia?s Brave Gladiators knew that victory over Lesotho will propel them into the semi-finals of the tournament.
Having taken the lead through Anna-Marie Shikusho from the penalty spot in the third minute following a clumsy challenge on Thomalina Adams in the box, Namibia failed to convert chances that came their way in the first half.
Lesotho equalised in the 34th minute through a free kick from double scorer and captain, Boitumelo Rabale to leave the score tied at 1-1 at halftime.
A lack of composure saw Shikusho, Adams, Twanyanyukwa Antsino, Memory Ngonda and Millicent Hikuam taking turns in missing chance after chance, and Namibia were once again punished by Rabale, who scored from a free kick in the 53rd minute beating Melisa Matheus in goals for Namibia.
Namibia poured players forward but failed to find the back of the net, as players committed silly mistakes during free kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins.
Brian Isaacs, the Gladiators coach expressed disappointment with the result, saying the players were not composed enough and lacked big match temperament.
?We lacked composure in the first half. We could have scored several goals and won the match then. We tried to break them down in the second half but they defended well. They capitalised on our mistakes to score the two goals,? he said.
He added that the news about Zimbabwe?s draw might have affected the players? mentality, leading them to commit silly mistakes.
?We were not hungry enough to win the game. We gave the ball easily away. We did not play structured football. We were anxious,? he added.
He also lamented the fact that the team won the game before playing it after watching Lesotho lose 3-1 to Botswana the previous day.
Namibia now heads home, where the focus will shift to the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to begin in January 2018.
- Title: Namibia crashed out of the 2017 Council of Southern African Football Associations Women?s championship following a 2-1 defeat by Lesotho on Sunday in their final group game at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
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