NAMIBIA’s women beat Zambia 3-2 after a thrilling penalty shoot out to qualify for the fifth place play-off at the Afcon Championship in Accra on Friday.
Namibia seemed to be heading for victory when they took a 2-0 lead early in the third chukka, but Zambia made a great comeback scoring two goals in the final chukka top force the penalty shootout.
Here Joane van Rooyen, Tara Myburgh and Tisha Semedo found the net, while Namibian keeper Maxi Smith brought off three saves to seal a 3-2 victory.
During normal play, Namibia created some early chances but Zambia’s keeper Ester saved well to deny Myburgh and Vanessa Schoeman from a short corner.
Namibia’s pressure paid off when they took the lead early in the second chukka, with Semedo following up a loose ball in the box to score from close range.
Ina Louis put them 2-0 ahead when she deflected a short corner shot by Joanne van Rooyen into the net early in the third chukka, but Zambia staged a great comeback in the final quarter, with Carol Nakombe opening their account while Catherine Kalomo scored from the penalty spot with two minutes to go to send the match into penalty shoot out.
Here Namibia held their nerve to win 3-2 and they now go through to the fifth place play-off on Saturday, against the winner between Uganda and Nigeria.
Earlier, Namibia’s men lost a close encounter 3-2 to Uganda to finish seventh out of seven teams in the men’s competition.
Uganda applied the early pressure and took a 2-0 after an early brace by Thomas Opio.
Namibia however opened their account when Dian La Cock scored from a short corner just before half time.
Uganda struck back with another goal by Collins Batusta early in the third chukka, but La Cock once again reduced the deficit to 3-2 when he scored from a penalty on 39 minutes.
Namibia pushed hard in the final quarter, but they could not capitalise on their chances and Uganda held on for the win to qualify for the fifth place playoff match on Saturday.
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