Namibia leap to top of tournament table

Namibia leapt to the summit of the table at the on-going three nation U-20 national teams tournament after drawing goalless with Egypt in their second game played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

Namibia who drew two all with Ghana on match day one now sit top of the table with two points ahead of the Ghana – Egypt tie on Thursday.

It was a tale of two halves which saw Namibia dominating play in the first half where they created several chances but lacked the cutting edge each time they approached the final third of the Egyptians.

Egypt who are bottom of the table with a point and no goal appeared deadly on the break, but like their opponents, inexperience told on their every move upfront where Mahmoud Abdul-Nonem fluffed all the opportunities that came his way.

In midfield, however, the North Africans enjoyed a fine dominance where they displayed expertise in knocking the ball around with ease with Mohammed Elshami, Mahmoud Hamuad, Mahmoud Wahid and Osama Ebrahim as architects.

In-between play, Egypt’s goalkeeper Mosaad Awad stood in the way of Namibia after he calculated well to deny skipper Sadney Urikhob who raced past his markers to unleash a grounder from a fine build up that began from their defence on 35minutes.

Soon, it was the turn of Namibia’s goalkeeper Maxmillian Mbaeva to rescue his side after Egypt’s Yasser Ebrahim and Mahmoud Hamdi invaded the former’s defence in what appeared to be a goal in sight.

Egypt resumed from the recess the better side but lacked the fire power to snatch all three points.

Ghana and Egypt play on Thursday to determine who wins the competition at the same venue. GNA

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