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Gusty Namibia did everything to frustrate overwhelming favourites, Morocco but failed a last minute test as their striker;Itamunua Keimune found the wrong net in the last minute of a Group D opener of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo.

But for that, the Namibians would have earned a point and wipe off the memory of a 5-1 loss to Morocco in 2008.

The Brave Warriors looked well on course to collect a valuable point against one of the tournament’s favourites, but Keimune headed the ball into his own net with only two minutes left on the clock as he tried to defend a Hakim Ziyech free-kick.

The Southern Africans had lived by their nickname,  “Brave Warriors” holding their own against the Moroccans for most of the match before the single moment of error gifted the Atlas Lions three valuable points.

Coach Herve Renard’s men had struggled to break down a resolute Namibian defence and often tried their luck on set pieces, one of which gave the desired result late on.


They had the chances to score especially in the second half with Sofiane Boufal coming on, but luck never stood their end until the own goal.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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