Lesotho have advanced into the semifinals of the 2017 Cosafa Cup after they defeated Namibia 5-4 on penalties at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday evening.
The teams played out a goalless draw in regulation time of their quarterfinal, before a tense shootout was settled by Lesotho goalkeeper Mikhano Mphuthi saving Ananias Gebhardt’s penalty in sudden death.
The opening half hour produced little in attack for either team, with Namibia unable to make the most of their possession advantage, while Lesotho mostly fed off scraps and counter attacks.
Yet it was Likuena who nearly claimed the lead on 33 minutes when the Brave Warriors made a mess of trying to play out from defence and Tumelo Khutlang was presented with a great chance, but he failed to get the better of goalkeeper Virgil Vries.
A couple of minutes before the half time break Namibia nearly broke the deadlock through speculative long-range volley from Deon Hotto which got the better of goalkeeper Mikhano Mphuthi but not the crossbar.
The first clear chance of the second half arrived in 57th minute when Hotto played a great through ball to present Itamunua Keimuine with a clear sight of goal, but the striker blasted his effort off target.
Six minutes later Namibia created another chance for Keimuine with a superb sequence of passing, but again he let them down with an effort which failed to test Lesotho’s goalkeeper.
That proved to be the last genuine chance of the 90 minutes, with the match heading directly to penalties once the final whistle was blown.
Lesotho will face the winner of tomorrow’s match between Swaziland and Zimbabwe in the second semifinal at Moruleng Stadium on Wednesday. Namibia move into the Plate competition.
Lesotho 0 – Lesotho won 5-4 on penalties
Namibia: Vries, Gebhardt, Haoseb, Horaeb, Hotto, Gome (Hanamub 85’), Ketjijere, Shalulile, Keimuine (Limbonde 70’), Katjiukua, Shitembi (Katjiteo 52’)
Lesotho: Mphuthi, Moremoholo, Tseka, Mokhehle, Sello, Mohapi (Mahula 48’), Koetle, Khutlang, Kalake, Potloane (Ntso 90+2’), Tale (Motebang 89’)