Namibia get boost with 2-1 Zambia win

Coachless Namibia got the result of the weekend as they defeated Zambia 2-1 in the first leg of their 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier.

After leading them to the COSAFA Cup title in South Africa last month, coach Ricardo Mannetti sensationally resigned last week, leaving Ronnie Kanalelo in temporary charge of the side.

Zambia took the game to the Brave Warriors earlier on and it was not long before they got their goal through the powerful header of striker Winstone Kalengo.

But Namibia were level when Willy Stephanus received the ball on the left and habitually turned inside and unleashed a powerful shot into the roof of the net over the despairing Zambian Keeper Danny Munyao to draw the sides’ level.

Benyamin Nenkavu then put Namibia in front and they held on to their advantage.

South Africa defeated Mauritius 3-0 thanks to a brace of goals from Siphelele Ntshangase and a further strike from Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Swaziland and Angola played to an entertaining 2-2 draw that makes it advantage to the Palancas Negras for the return in Angola in a fortnight’s time.

Lesotho and Botswana played to a 0-0 draw, while Zimbabwe eased to a 2-0 home win over Comoros.

Finally, Mozambique routed Seychelles 5-1 to take a firm grip of their tie with the return to come away from home.