After watching two group heavyweights cancel each other out, Namibia and Tanzania were next on queue in the second game of group D, at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium.
It was a game that had it all; from power cuts, to entertaining football, admits other petit – details in the game that ended one – nil in favor of Tanzania.
It was a back and forth game in the opening minutes with the both sides going at each other with malicious intent.
Tanzania was the first team to settle and make a few chances; forward Ditram Adrian put one on the plate for Ayubu Lyanga, who was clean on goal, but settled only for a corner after Charles Hambira came in with a great recovery tackle.
Namibia had a chance of their own at the 22 minute. A perfectly delivered free kick was hashed by goalkeeper Salum Manula, who later made amends by saving the rebound from Derl Bigman’s drive.
It was a first half of the two goalies with Aishi Manula and Ndisiro Kamaija pulling off textbook saves to keep their teams in it
The two teams picked up from where they left in the first half. Tanzania drew first blood at the 65 minute. A good run and cross from Ayubu Lyanga down the right – was fumbled by goalkeeper Ndisiro Kamaija, this time, Faridi Mussa made it one – nil for Tanzania.
All of a sudden, the game had to be stopped for a while due to an electrical fault.
Players returned to the pitch under the command of referee Lidya Abebe after 5 minutes.
The game continued on a high pace at the 79 minute, as Ayuba missed a one – on – one before Brave Warriors’ second half substitute missed a carbon copy of Ayuba’s chance at the other end.
Namibia kept on pressing but it wasn’t meant to be. On that note, Namibia becomes the second nation to quit the stage after Zimbabwe.
- Tanzania play Guinea Conakry on the final day. The group is still open for: Zambia, Guinea and Tanzania, as any of these three could still make it to the knockout rounds.