Njabulo Ngidi
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28 May 2015
7:23 pm

Namibia advance to Cosafa Cup final

Njabulo Ngidi

Peter Shalulile redeemed himself for what could go down as the miss of the Cosafa Cup when he scored Namibia's winning goal in the 3-2 victory over Madagascar at Moruleng Stadium.

Peter Shalulile of Namibia tackled by Rabeson Michael of Madagascar during the 2015 Cosafa Cup Semi Finals match at Moruleng Stadium. (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

The result will see Namibia appear in their first Cosafa Cup final since 1999.

Madagascar and Namibia were looking to prove that it wasn’t a fluke when they eliminated Ghana and the reigning Cosafa Cup champions Zambia when they met in the tournament’s semifinal.

They produced an exciting encounter with four goals in the first half.

It was a ping-pong battle with Benson Shilongo of Namibia and Sarivahy Vombola of Madagascar leading the show.

The two scored a brace each in the first 45 minutes. Shilongo scored first to give Nambia the lead.

Vombola responded by not only equalising but giving Madagascar the lead.

Shilongo played a lovely one-two with Deon Hotto to keep Namibia’s hope of appearing in their third cup final.

That motivation spurred the Brave Warriors on, with some lovely interplay and slick touches but failed to convert those chances.

Ricardo Manneti started with six of his seven South African based players from goalkeeper Virgil Vries, Willem Mwedihanga, Deon Hotto, Ronald Ketjijere, Chris Katjiukua and Petrus Shitembi. But it was the local based Shalulile who was the hero with a thunderous strike that put Namibia in the final.