30 October 2012

Namibia/Burkina Faso: Stage Frightened Namibia Crash in Ouagadougou

STAGE fright and inexperience eventually led to Namibia’s inglorious exit from the 2013 Caf under-17 Championship qualifiers on Saturday.

Namibia were hammered 5-0 by Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou during their second-leg tie, leaving the west Africans to advance with a 7-0 aggregate to the next round of qualifying.

Coach Christy Guruseb said prior to Saturday’s reverse that he was realistic about his charges chances against the Burkinabe but was hopeful of a miracle.

However that hope quickly dissipated once Ilasse Sawadogo opened the scoring for Burkina Faso in the opening minute to stretch his side’s advantage to 3-0.

Ismael Karambiri added a second on 16 minutes before Sawadogo got his second goal four minutes later.

Basseydou Ouattara got the fourth goal on 43 minutes to give the hosts an unsurmountable lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Namibian youngsters regrouped and coped well with the pressure of the home side but then after 62 minutes, Sawadogo added the fifth goal for Burkina Faso to complete his hattrick.

The result means that Burkina Faso completed a 7-0 aggregate win over Namibia and will now face Tunisia in the third and final qualifying round for the 2013 Caf under-17 champions.

The Namibian team return home today.

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