The Namibian (Windhoek)

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.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 The Namibian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.