Namibia beat Zambia to claim Plate trophy at COSAFA Castle Cup

Namibia claimed the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup Plate trophy when they beat Zambia 1-0 in the final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday night.
Captain Ronald Ketjijere stroked home a penalty midway through the first half to give the Brave Warriors the Plate title having lost their hold on the Cup this year.
Namibia become the third winners of the Plate competition after Mozambique (2013) and Malawi (2015).
Namibia deserved the win after creating more chances in the game, but it was a nervy finish as Zambia piled on the pressure in the closing stages.
Namibia were ahead when Donashano Malama handled a cross from the lively Deon Hotto and Ketjijere easily scored from the spot on 21 minutes.
“People say the Plate is second best to the trophy, but we had a lot of first team players absent,” Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti said after the game. “It shows Namibia have a lot of depth. We are not scared to take on the big guns of Africa now.”
Saturday will see the medals awarded in the main Cup competition with the third-place play-off and final to be staged, also at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
DR Congo and Swaziland play for the bronze medal at 15h00, with the latter eager to finish a successful tournament on a high after their semi-final mauling at the hands of South Africa.
DR Congo have yet to concede a goal in this competition and were ousted in the semi-finals by Botswana on penalties.
The final sees South Africa go for a record-equalling fourth trophy win in the COSAFA Castle Cup, while Botswana are looking for their first ever major trophy.

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