Repeat or revenge as Kenya sets up semifinal clash with Zambia
The men’s quarterfinal was the main focus of matchday five at the State Ferhan with glittering performances.
A masterclass display from Kenya ensured as they managed their first win of the tournament and also book their place in the men’s semifinal.
Ndwati Bryton in the 9th minute got the opener to put Kenya ahead. The lead was doubled a minute later courtesy Ndombi Edson as Kenya led 2-0 into the break.
Namibia pulled one back after the break through McNally Craig but the two-goal cushion was restored for Kenya; Ogenche Brian the goal scorer. The match ended Kenya 3-1 Namibia.
Usman Nathaniel got the match winner as Nigeria narrowly beat Zimbabwe. Four minutes into the game and Usman gave Nigeria the lead with an effort of a genius.
The Namibians played their hearts out especially in the second half but couldn’t get the equaliser with Nigeria’s goalkeeper playing a pivotal role. The final whistle went and Nigeria set up a date with South Africa in the semifinal.
Bwali Philimon scored three to help Zambia ease past Algeria in a 7-0 win.
The Algerians who have shown glimpses of potentials and future prospects likely to conquer the continent a few years to come, once again made their spectators joyous despite the loss.
Mulenga Dominic struck first in the 4th minute before Bwali got his first of three goals 2 minutes later. Moyo Andrew and Kapeso David got the 3rd and 4th goals respectively. Bwali added two more goals at either side of Skipper Mubanga Joseph’s 17th-minute strike.
In the women’s category, Zimbabwe were 4-0 winners in their game against Nigeria. Skipper Dobbie Ruvimbo made it 1-0 inside three minutes. Terblanche Alexi grabbed a hat trick (8th, 9th and 18th min) to complete the victory.
Ghana was handed their second defeat of the tournament by favourites South Africa.
Du Toit Jean-Leah restored the lead for South Africa before the break.
Angela Welham added her name to the score sheet with a goal in the 11th minute. Asana Gbatti, who has scored on all games for Ghana reduced the deficit with a brilliant effort.
Angela Welham scored again in the 17th minute to send her tally to 11 goals in the tournament. Ramasimong Mathapelo finalised the deal with a goal on the 18th minute to give the South Africans a 5-2 victory.
Myburg Taramarie (3rd, 6th, 13th and 18th min) and Cormack Kiana-Che (4th, 8th, 9th and 16th minute) both scored four goals as Namibia beat Algeria 13-1.
Meyer Danja added her name with a brace (5th and 20th min) with Weasels Cele, Van Rooyen Joane and Schmming getting a goal each. Boualia Assis scored Algeria’s only goal in the 15th minute.