Namibia end Zim­babwe 9-year un­beaten record

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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

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