RYAN Nyambe's Africa Cup of Nations adventure is at an end.

The Rovers defender was part of the Namibia side that lost 4-1 in their final game against the Ivory Coast to finish bottom of Group D.

It was the third time the Brave Warriors had qualified for the tournament but they are still waiting for their first AFCON win.

After 1-0 defeats to both South Africa and Morocco they did at least score their first goal of the tournament through Joslin Kamatuka.

But head coach Ricardo Mannetti was not a happy man.

"I expected our key players to deliver and they did not pitch up," he said.

"We created chances and we could not score and at this level you will lose if you don’t score out of 100 chances.

"You can’t compete against the best and not come to the party.

"We have dominated some facets of games here and we just couldn’t kill of games and that was terrible.

"It’s high time players take responsibility and do their part."

Namibia's Peter Shalulile failed to take the two best chances of the opening half-hour, while Max Gradel sliced wide at the other end.

Goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua almost gifted the Elephants an opener when he fumbled a cross straight to Wilfried Bony, but blocked the former Swansea striker's shot with his body outside the box before gathering his follow-up effort.

But Gradel fired the Elephants in front six minutes before half-time when he fired across Kazapua.

And it was 2-0 just before the hour when Serey Die let fly from 35 yards and a deflection off Nyambe left the keeper helpless.

Wilfried Zaha then sent a weak effort straight at Kazapua and Namibia cut the deficit when goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo cleared the ball straight to Kamatuka, who shimmied past Serge Kanon before finishing.

But Zaha and substitute Maxwel Cornet scored in the final 10 minutes to make victory safe for Ibrahim Kamara's side, who finished second after South Africa conceded a late winner to group champions Morocco.

"We have to be clinical," said Mannetti.

"I’m disappointed because we made them look average and then we allowed then to make us look like high school kids and that is not right at all.

"We gave them opportunities to score and that is unacceptable.”

Nyambe, 21, only confirmed he would play at the tournament for the country of his birth in May with the full back initially not expected to link up with the Brave Warriors until the start of next season.

He has made 91 appearances for Rovers having been with the club since the age of 13 and signed a new two-year contract in April to keep him at Ewood Park until at least the summer of 2021.