WINDHOEK– The Brave Gladiators of Namibia lost 0-2 to Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday in the second leg of the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
This means Namibia lost 0-4 on aggregate, following an identical loss at the Sam Nujoma Stadium here last Thursday.
Namibia managed to hold the hosts to a 0-0 draw in the first half before conceding two late goals from Emmaculate Msipa in the 73rd minute and Mavis Chirandu in the 85th minute.
Coach Brian Isaacs made two changes to the team who played in the first leg, replacing Anna Marie Shikusho and Annoushka Kordom with Veweziwa Kotjipati and Twelikondjela Amukoto in the starting line-up.
Isaacs admitted after the match that Namibia made the job difficult for themselves in the first leg, while paying tribute to Zimbabwe for being technically superior.
The loss means Namibia bows out of the qualification for the tournament, which will be held in Ghana from Nov 17 to Dec 1, 2018. The tournament also doubles as the African qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup in France.
In the next stage, Zimbabwe will face Zambia, who beat Tanzania on away goals following a 1-1 draw in Zambia on Sunday and a 3-3 draw in Tanzania on Thursday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK