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Namibia 2 Mauritius 0 – As it happened

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Catch our blow-by-blow coverage of the COSAFA Cup Group A clash between Namibia and Mauritius at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday.


Namibia XI: Virgil Vries, Denzil Haoseb, Willem Mwedihanga, Chris Katjiukua, Ananias Gebhardt, Peter Shalulile, Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi, Benson Shilongo, Itamunua Keimuine, Wangu Gome.



Mauritius XI: James Caserne, Chandrayah Veeranah, Bruno Ravina, Francis Rasolofonirina, Louis Dorza, Joseph Perticots, Louis Pithia, Jimmy Buckland, Jonathan Edouard, John Calambe, Jean-Pierre Sophie.

Referee: Osiase Koto (Lesotho); First Assistant: Romeo Kasengele (Zambia); Second Assistant: Thembisile Windvoel (South Africa); Fourth Official: Joshua Bondo (Botswana).

– Both teams have made changes to starting line ups. Mauritius have dropped four players from the squad that lost 2-0 to Zimbabwe in Group A opener. Goalkeeper Kelvin Jean-Louis is out with James Caserne steps in between sticks.

– Namibia also have brought in the starting line up Hoaseb, Keimuine, Shalulile, Shilongo for dropped Shithembi, Dotto, Musambani and Somaeb

FinalWhistle_LiveScore 1′ – And we are under way in the first half!

ShotWide_LiveScore 2′ – The Mauritius goalkeeper has already made a save. It could be a busy night …

Goal_LiveScore 4′ – GOAL! Shilongo sweeps ball into net from left cross. Namibia toiled for 90 minutes without a goal against Seychelles and now have one inside four minutes!

ShotWide_LiveScore 7′ – Namibia have packed midfield in what appears like a 3-5-2 system whereas Mauritius have deployed 4-4-2. While attacking and defending in numbers, they are being exposed on the counter-attack.

Injury_LiveScore 8′ – Namibia keeper Vries is back on his feet after receiving treatment following a foul.

ShotWide_LiveScore 10′ – Namibia striker Keimuine tumbles in Mauritius box but the referee waves play on.

YC_LiveScore 12′ – Yellow card for Dorza leads to a free-kick.

ShotWide_LiveScore 13′ – Mwedihanga heads over from a Namibia free-kick from the left. He should have hit the target at least.

ShotWide_LiveScore 16′ – It’s getting very cold inside the stadium. The fans have gone quiet. Still no Mauritius shot on target to bring some balance to the game.

ShotWide_LiveScore 20′ – Mauritius free-kick taken by captain Veeranah, but a long ball floated in Namibia box goes wide.

ShotWide_LiveScore 29′ – Mauritius coach Didier Six has been standing on the technical area and he seems unhappy with officials. He has since sent Mauritius substitute players to warm up on the southern side. Too many stops and starts in the game due to fouls from either side.

ShotWide_LiveScore 33′ – Namibia get a free-kick as busy striker Keimuine is fouled. Did Dig of Mauritius whips the ball away to safety. Action swings to another end as Petricots shoots wide.

ShotWide_LiveScore 38′ – Shitembi should have done better when meeting a ball from the left, but his first touch was too heavy and he lost the ball which rolled out. Namibia wastes another open chance as Keimuine’s attempt gets blocked by on rushing Mauritius keeper Caserne.

ShotWide_LiveScore 44′ – Veeranah’s free-kick comes to nothing as the ball is pumped aimlessly forward. Three minutes added to the first half.

YC_LiveScore 45′ – Yellow card for Calambe of Mauritius.

Halftime_LiveScore HALFTIME: Namibia deservedly lead but should have had more goals, while Mauritius have offered little going forward. They need a vast improvement in the second period.

Sub_LiveScore – Mauritius sub: Dorza comes off to be replaced by Emmanuel Vincent Jean.

FinalWhistle_LiveScore 46′ – The second half is under way!

ShotWide_LiveScore 50′ – Shitembi sends his shot over the bar.

Offside_LiveScore 52′ – Namibia free kick cleared for second corner taken by Shitembi, but the Brave Warriors can’t score. Namibia come again into the Mauritius box and there is an effort ruled offside.

corner 58′ – Namibia corner again. This time from left after Mauritius defence blocks a goal-bound shot from Keimuine. A long one is taken and flies wide. For how long will Namibia keep fluffing such scoring openings?

Sub_LiveScore 62′ – Mauritius sub: Jean Justin comes in for Calambe.

RC_LiveScore 66′ – RED CARD! Ravina of Mauritius is red carded as he concedes a penalty!

Goal_LiveScore 66′ – GOAL! After Katjiukua shot is blocked for a Namibia penalty, Shilongo steps forward to convert his second of the day!

RC_LiveScore 73′ – More Mauritius trouble as coach Didier Six is sent to the stands for using foul language towards the match officials.

Sub_LiveScore 75′ – Namibia sub: Two-goal hero Shilongo is substituted for Joslin Kamatuka.

Offside_LiveScore 81′ – Ketjijere beats the Mauritius keeper with a low ball which is deflected into net, but the goal is ruled out for offside.

ShotWide_LiveScore 86′ – Mauritius keeper Caserne punches out Keimuine’s dangerous ball which was bound for the top left corner.

Sub_LiveScore 90′ – Namibia sub: Neville Tjieuza comes in for Shitembi.

Sub_LiveScore 90+1′ – Namibia sub: Deon Hotto comes in for Shalulile.

FinalWhistle_LiveScore FULLTIME – Game over. Convincing, but wasteful Namibia beat 10-man Mauritius only 2-0 and now face a showdown for top spot with Zimbabwe on Thursday.

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