Own goal in the final minute – Namibia is losing tragically


Actually, Namibia in the Africa Cup in Egypt, is without a Chance against Morocco – and yet it is enough almost to draw. A German third League professional shows a good match, belongs to but in the end, to the Beaten.

A ranking of misfortune would be led were in the football low, would of Namibia national team have good chances, with his debut at 32. Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, to get a top spot. 89 minutes long, the “Brave Warriors”, the “proud warriors” as self-described, had held on this Sunday (23.06.19) in group D against favourites Morocco 0:0.

Then one of Amsterdam’s Hakim Ziyech-Packed free kick from half left for Morocco in sailed, there occurred some of the actors, and it fell to the substitute Namibian defence man Itamunua Keimuine so unhappy on the head that he jumped from there into the Namibian goal. 1:0 for Morocco in the last Minute. Stunned Flight players fell to the ground, while the players of Morocco prayer hands of thanks in the direction of the sky, and stretched.

“Namibia was well organized, we have had to contend with the heat, and the first game of a tournament is always difficult”, summed up after the game, Morocco’s coach, Herve Renard. “I’m proud of my guys, who have implemented our tactics are top notch. Unfortunately, we have to at the end of our lack of experience pay tribute to,” said Namibia Coach Ricardo Manetti.

Enormous heat in the afternoon in Cairo

At 36 degrees air temperature in the afternoon furnace of the Al Salam stadium, Cairo, Morocco, from the beginning, the dominant Team, could, however, play out against the dense staggered Defensive of the southwest Africans in the first-half chances. Only a long-range shot from defender Nabil Dirar made after twelve minutes for a little danger, the ball hissed almost over the gate.

Since Morocco midfielder Mbark Boussoufa is angry still – later, he has reason to be happy

Otherwise, not much happened. Namibia with the German-Namibians, Manfred Strong in Central midfield, defended concentrated and made the rooms far in front of the own penalty area closely. Strong, who played last season at FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the third division and that next season for the 1. FC Kaiserslautern will be active, impressed in an unusual Position. Because, actually, the native Namibians who moved at a young age to Rostock is a skilled striker. In the case of Manetti, he plays now due to his good reading of the game in Central midfield.

German-Namibians Strong with a good game

After 64 minutes of Strong, however, was with his forces at the end and had to be replaced. The Moroccans forced in the second section the pace, but it looked ultimately to a draw. Until the unfortunate own goal scorer came. “The main thing is, we have three points,” said Morocco Coach ultimately be satisfied, and a strong Namibia wish in the next games: “I hope you can make our group opponents ivory coast and South Africa, the life difficult.”

Morocco, not least due to Renard’s story the circle of favorites. The Frenchman managed the feat, the Africa to win the Cup twice with different Teams. In 2012, he triumphed with outsiders Zambia, 2015, he led the favored ivory coast to the desirable title.

Senegal launches scores

Another favorite was on Sunday for the first time in use: The Senegal suggested, as expected, outsider Tanzania with 2:0. Even without the yellow-locked star player Sadio Mane from FC Liverpool, the “lions of Teranga-dominated” over 90 minutes and had a higher win. Ultimately, the goals from Keita Balde (28 ranged. Minute) and cretin Diattas 18-metre blast in the 64. Minute to secure victory.

Also in group C, Algeria, by a was earned against Kenya (2:0). Baghdad Bounedjah brought to Algeria in the stadium of 30. In June, the 34. Minute by foul penalty with 1:0 in the lead – Dennis Odhiambo Omino had brought Youcef Attal-case – Riyad Mahrez increased before the end of the first half to 2:0 (43.).