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Namibia 4 Zimbabwe 1 – As it happened

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Welcome to our live blow-by-blow coverage of the COSAFA Cup 2015 Group A decider between Namibia and Zimbabwe at the Moruleng Stadium on Thursday.

This match is a straight shoot-out for top spot, with Namibia needing a win to overhaul Zimbabwe, while the latter will be through with a draw.


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Namibia XI: Virgil Vries, Denzil Haoseb, Willem Mwedihanga, Chris Katjiukua, Ananias Gebhardt, Peter Shalulile,

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Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi, Deon Hotto, Itamunua Keimuine, Wangu Gome.

Zimbabwe XI: George Chigova, Thomas Magorimbo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Partson Jaure, Danny Phiri, Pritchard Mpelele, Carlos Rusere, Ralf Kawondera, Ronald Chitiyo, Tatenda Mudehwe, Talent Chawapiwa.

Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar); 1st Asst: Petros Mbingo (Swaziland); 2nd Asst: Romeo Kasengele (Zambia); 4th Official: Duncan Lengani (Malawi).

FinalWhistle_LiveScore 1′ – We are under way!

corner 3′ – Corner for Namibia, but a long cross by Shitembi sails over and out of the crowded box.

corner 5′ – Namibia with the early asking get a second corner … it comes to nothing.

ShotWide_LiveScore 7′ – First shot on target of the afternoon comes from Namibia’s Shitembe, but it’s stratight at goalkeeper Chigova.

Goal_LiveScore 9′ – GOAL! Namibia defender Katjiukua heads the Brave Warriors in front from a short corner. 1-0!

ShotWide_LiveScore 11′ – Zimbabwe get their first corner which is cleared by Namibia defender Haoseb.

ShotWide_LiveScore 13′ – Mudehwe’s dipping shot beats the goalkeeper but not the crossbar.

ShotWide_LiveScore 15′ – Foul on Magorimbo by Namibia’s Hotto in his own half.

ShotWide_LiveScore 19′ – Namibia’s Hotto forces Chigova to tip the ball out for a corner from a shot from the left.

ShotWide_LiveScore 22′ – Shot on the turn from 20 metres out from Zimbabwe’s Chitiyo is saved by the goalkeeper

ShotWide_LiveScore 24′ – left footed shot on target by Magorimbo of Zimbabwe from the middle.

ShotWide_LiveScore 26′ – Free-kick takenby Hotto sails over the bar.

YC_LiveScore 29′ – Yellow card for Namibia defender Gerbhardt for foul play.

ShotWide_LiveScore 30′ – Chawapiwa sends his free-kick wide from the right.

ShotWide_LiveScore 32′ – Keimuine of Namibia attempts a left-footed shot which goes wide.

Injury_LiveScore 35′ – Zimbabwe goalkeeper Chigova injured after a collision with Namibia’s Shitembi.

ShotWide_LiveScore 39′ – Chitiyo shoots wide from close range.

YC_LiveScore 41′ – Yellow card Jaure of Zimbabwe for foul play.

YC_LiveScore 42′ – Yellow card for Katjiukua for a foul on Chitiyo.

ShotWide_LiveScore 44′ – Kawondera almost beats his own Zimbabwe goalkeeper with a back pass.

Halftime_LiveScore HALFTIME – Namibia lead 1-0 via centre back Katjiukua’s headed goal and as things stands they are going through!

Sub_LiveScore – Zimbabwe subs: The Warriors make a double substitution and bring on Manuvire and Rusike for Mudehwe and Mphelele.

ShotWide_LiveScore 46′ – We are back under way in the second half!

corner 51′ – Corner for Zimbabwe on the left flank and Jaure connects with the cross but shoots wide.

ShotWide_LiveScore 55′ – Hotto’s shot from the left is stopped by Chigova.

corner 58′ – Corner for Zimbabwe on the left cleared by Namibia.

Goal_LiveScore 60′ – GOAL! Namibia have one foot in the quarters as Hotto races clear on a counter attack to chip the ball over an advancing Chigova. 2-0!

Sub_LiveScore 61′ – Namibia sub: Sadney Urikhob comes on for Keimuine.

Sub_LiveScore 65′ – Namibia sub: Zimbabwe send striker Moses Demera for midfielder Magorimbo.

Goal_LiveScore 67′ – GOAL! Hotto grabs his second of the night and Namibia’s third his low angled shot going through the goalkeeper’s legs!

Sub_LiveScore 69′ – Namibia sub: The Brave Warriors make another change and send on Joslin Kamatuka for Hotto.

ShotWide_LiveScore 72′ – Manuvire shoots wide from the left.

ShotWide_LiveScore 77′ – Chitiyo shoots wide from the left for Zimbabwe.

ShotWide_LiveScore 79′ – Rising shot from Urikhob forces Chigova to tip the ball out for a corner.

ShotWide_LiveScore 83′ – GOAL! Manuvire pulls one back for Zimbabwe from the penalty spot! They still trail 3-1 …

ShotWide_LiveScore 84′ – GOAL! Namibia hit back straight away! Urikhob fires home an angled shot from a swift counter attack for Namibia.

 FULLTIME – Namibia cruise into the quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Zimbabwe! They will now face Zambia in the next round! 

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