Namibia beat Seychelles to advance
Namibia became the first country to advance past the first stage of the Cosafa Cup when they beat the Seychelles 4-2 in a thrilling tie in Lusaka on Monday while Kenya pulled off a face-saving comeback against Lesotho in Kitwe.
The win was the second of the tournament for the Brave Warriors and ensured top place in Group A.
They had beaten Mauritius 2-1 on Saturday in the opening game of the tournament and now advance to a quarterfinal meeting with South Africa.
Kenya scored twice in the last six minutes to draw their opening game in Group B after trailing plucky Lesotho at the Arthur Davies Stadium.
The 2-2 draw means there is a four-way tie at the top of the standings.
Lesotho were on their way to a historic first-ever win after taking a two goal lead.
A penalty two minutes before halftime from Mokhahlane Ralekoti gave the Basotho the lead, followed by a goal on the counter attack by Thapelo Tale.
But hopes of a rare triumph were stymied by a header from substitute Paul Muigai in the 84th minute and then a penalty awarded for a handball as the game headed to a grandstand finish. Joackins Atudo converted for a share of the spoils.
The six goal thriller at the Nkoloma Stadium proved a bonus for the Monday crowd who saw the lowly-ranked Seychelles, 200th in the latest Fifa list, twice take a surprise lead before going down in a fighting contest.
Striker Yves Zialor scored twice for the Indian Ocean islanders only to see Namibia equalise on both occasions to ensure the scores were even at the break.
Zialor’s header gave them a 14th minute lead but a goal from a tight angle by Sadney UriKhob ensure a Namibia equaliser 11 minutes later.
A piece of calamitous goalkeeping them offered Zialor a second goal in the 38th minute but this time the lead lasted only two minutes before Ananias Gerhardt equalised.
Gerhardt then put Namibia ahead just one minute into the second half before Neville Tjiueza extended the winning margin with just two minutes remaining in the match.
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Seychelles pressed hard in the closing stages, opening up the chance for a series of Namibian counter attacks which were surprisingly squandered.