AFCON 2023: South Africa and Namibia clash in derby decider


In a high-stakes showdown, former AFCON champions South Africa find themselves in a must-win situation against Namibia after a disheartening 2-0 defeat to Mali in their tournament opener.

Namibia, riding the wave of historic success after defeating Tunisia for the first time, holds the cards in Group E, throwing the competition wide open.

South Africa’s opening loss reflects their inconsistent form, with just two wins in their last seven games. Despite their FIFA ranking superiority (66 to 115) and an unbeaten record against Namibia spanning ten matches, Bafana Bafana faces a resilient Namibian side.

Namibia’s head coach, Collin Benjamin, expressed ecstasy after their historic win but quickly shifted focus, aiming for greater achievements. The Brave Warriors, living up to their moniker, demonstrated defensive solidity with five clean sheets in their last six games. However, their offensive output, accumulating only five goals in the last eight matches, calls for improvement in the attacking third.

As the derby unfolds, all eyes will be on South Africa’s Mothobi Mvala, a midfielder known for his aggressive play but carrying a disciplinary baggage.

Namibia’s captain, Peter Shalulile, a consistent scorer in qualifying matches, aims to lead his team to further glory. With both teams seeking a pivotal victory, the AFCON Group E clash promises intense rivalry and the potential for historic feats on the African football stage.

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