Namibia, Zambia share spoils in AFCON qualifier tie

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-09 16:58:49|Editor: Xiang Bo
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WINDHOEK, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Namibia and Zambia shared the spoils in the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Nations Cup qualifiers match played on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Namibia's capital Windhoek.

The two teams drew one-all in their Group K 2019 AFCON qualifiers match. Namibia drew first blood with a goal from Benson Shilongo in the second half, while Zambia equalized in the final added minutes of the match, through Justin Shonga's free kick.

Namibia's coach, Ricardo Mannetti in a post match statement, said that the draw was a bitter pill to swallow for his team.

"Given the circumstances of none league at home and lack of match fitness, we are emotional about the game, but we will take this result," he added.

Zambia's coach, Sven Vandenbroeck meanwhile said that it was a tight game and he was pleased with his team's character to come back from 1-0 down to get away with a point.

"Not ideal result but a fair result. The reaction from the boys is commendable given the circumstances," he added.

Meanwhile, in other AFCON qualifier match played on Saturday, in Maputo, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau also played to a 2-2 draw to remain top of the group on four points each while Namibia and Zambia remained at the bottom of Group K with a point each.

The Namibian team that faced Zambia is as follows: Virgil Vries, Tiberius Lombard, Denzil Haoseb, Riaan Hananub, Ananias Gebhardt, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Wangu Batista Gome, Deon Hotto, Willy Stephanus and Sadney Urikhob.