Myburgh Taramarie’s 18th-minute strike helped Namibia stage a comeback against Ghana at the Stade Ferhani yesterday. Namibia took an early lead, five minutes into the game, through Cormach Kiana-Ohe’s strike. The dynamic skipper took advantage of a misunderstanding inside Ghana’s defence to slot home the opener.
Ghana’s, Akoto Charity responded quickly in the 6th minute to restore parity. Donkor Rebecca, three minutes later, added the second to put Ghana ahead of the game. Kruger Jahntwa gave Namibia a glimpse of hope getting the equalizer in the 15th minute. Myburg Taramarie got the winner for Namibia with two minutes remaining. The clock ticked and time run out for Ghana as Namibia won 3-2.
In the second game, Zimbabwe held tournament favourites, South Africa, to a 3-3 drawn game. De Waal Kayla put South Africa in front two minutes into the game before Hardie India doubled the lead three minutes later. Terblanche Alexi pulled one back for Zimbabwe before the break to reduce the tally to one.
Zimbabwe looked different in the second half as their pressure paid off. Beekes Merceedes got the equalizer in the 11th minute. They surprisingly took the lead three minutes later through Terblanche Natalie. With a historic victory within sight, Hardie India stepped up to level for South Africa with her sixth goal of the tournament.
Host Algeria played Nigeria in the girl’s last game of the day. The host succumbed to another defeat with a 0-2 loss. Skipper Christopher Joy (2nd min) and Familusi (16th min) got the goals for Nigeria to pick their first 3 points for the tournament.
South Africa continued their dominance in the boy’s category with a 6-0 victory over Zimbabwe. Peter Javis opened the scoreline inside the first minute and got his brace two minutes later. Wynford Luke got his name on the score sheet with a fine effort in the 6th minute.
In the 13th minute, Jarvis completed his hat trick with a ferocious hit. Two goals in the final two minutes; Cassiem Mustapha in the 19th minute and Lewis Matthew in the 20th minute sealed the win for South Africa.
Namibia came from a goal down to beat Algeria 4-1 in the boy’s second game of the day. Aichaqui Jamel scored in the 5th minute to send the entire Stade Ferhani into wild celebrations. The mood shortened as Van der Merwe levelled for Namibia in the 9th minute. De Villiers Jan (13th min), Hansen Fagan (17th min) and McNally Craig (20th min) got their names on the score sheet as Namibia won 4-1.
Nigeria overcame their day one setback to beat Kenya 2-1. John Peter got the opener for Nigeria in the 2nd minute before Usman Nathaniel made it 2-0 eight minutes later. Ludiali Ivan pulled one back for Kenya seconds later but time was not on their side as Nigeria grabbed all maximum points.