Harare – Namibia got their campaign at this year’s COSAFA Cup off to flying start with a 2-1 win over guest team, West African giants Senegal.
Goals in either half by the Brave Warriors duo of Marcel Papama and Elmo Kambindu ensured that the 2015 COSAFA Champions were the only opening day winners in Group B after Mozambique and Zimbabwe played out a goalless draw.
Namibia top Group B with three points, followed by Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with Senegal the unlikely anchors after the first round of matches at the tournament in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
Papama gave the Brave Warriors an early lead by capitalising on a defensive error by the Lions of Teranga 14 minutes into the match.
But the West Africans were quick to get their act together as they levelled the scores three minutes later when winger Lamane Diene fired home a powerful shot from close range.
Despite both sides creating numerous scoring chances in the first-half the match went to the breather tied 1-all.
Five minutes after the break, Kambindu gave the Brave Warriors the s lead once more when he headed home a Aprocious Petrus’ cross-shot. This time they did not let that lead go.
In the earlier match in Group B, six-time winners Zimbabwe could not find a way past Mozambique and the match ended in nil-all stalemate.
The top two teams in each of the two groups advance to the semi-finals, which will be played on July 16.