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21/05/2015 00:00:00
by Supersport
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WINGER Deon Hotto scored twice within nine minutes as Namibia stormed into the Cosafa Cup quarterfinals on Thursday by trouncing Zimbabwe 4-1 in South Africa.

The brace by the winger transformed a one-goal lead into a three-goal cushion midway through the second half in North West village Moruleng.

There was no way back for Zimbabwe, who had been the more impressive of the two sides in earlier southern Africa championship Group A games.

Chris Katjiukua and Sydney Uri Khob were the other scorers for the 'Brave Warriors', who led 1-0 at halftime, while Raphael Manuvire converted a Zimbabwe penalty.

Namibia finished the mini-league with seven points after drawing 0-0 with Seychelles and defeating Mauritius 2-0 in other mini-league matches.

Topping the table earned the Namibians a quarterfinals showdown with defending champions Zambia Sunday in a competition offering a R500 000 ($45 000) top prize.

Zimbabwe (six points), Mauritius (three) and Seychelles (one) were eliminated.

"We have made Namibia proud," declared 'Brave Warriors' coach and former national team midfielder Ricardo Mannetti.

"After battling to create chances in our first two matches, it all came together tonight.

"It was a superb performance with excellent passing and clinical finishing.

"Namibian footballers are good, but they underestimate themselves.

"We have worked hard this week and finally got our reward against Zimbabwe," added the 40-year-old handler.

Katjiukua darted forward unopposed to nod the opening goal on nine minutes after a corner manoeuvre outfoxed Zimbabwe.

A lob over onrushing George Chigova on the hour gave Hotto his first goal and he struck again from a tight angle with a shot between the legs of the goalkeeper.

Substitute Manuvire sent goalkeeper Virgil Vries the wrong way after 84 minutes only for Namibia to strike again just a minute later through a close-range Uri Khob shot.

Leaders Madagascar and second-place Swaziland meet on Friday in Rustenburg to decide who tops Group B and books a quarterfinals date with guest entrants Ghana.


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