Namibia end Zimbabwe 9-year unbeaten record
In-form Zimbabwe surrendered a nine-year unbeaten record in African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying when losing 1-0 to rusty Namibia in Windhoek Sunday. Since debuting in qualifiers for the biennial competition, Zimbabwe had won 11 matches and drawn five with their first victims being Namibia. But the four-time competitors in the finals now face a fight for survival at the National Sports Stadium in Harare next Sunday against rivals who have never played at the 16-nation tournament.
Hendrik Somaeb scored the only goal early in the second half at a stadium named afer Sam Nujoma, a former revolutionary and the first ruler of the southern African state. It was a remarkable achievement by the “Brave Warriors” given that there has been virtually no top-flight football in Namibia for more than a year due to feuding officials.
The African Nations Championship-popularly known as the CHAN-is restricted to footballers registered with a club in their country of birth. African football body CAF introduced the competition in 2008 to give local stars international exposure as most national squads are dominated by Europebased players.—AFP