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Namibia Coach Sends Warning To Group E Rivals

Namibia head coach Collin Benjamin says they have what it takes to upset the apple cart in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations group containing South Africa, Tunisia and Mali.

The Brave Warriors open their campaign tomorrow against the North African giants who are ranked third in Africa going into the tournament.

Realistically, they will be looking to secure third place in the group and it may go down to goal difference, something that could hinder them as they’ve been goal-shy under his reign – despite some incredible results in recent times, which includes taking four points off Cameroon in the qualification stages to Ivory Coast 2023.

“I think if you check our last games it was difficult getting the back of the net but we look at it and analyse it, we’ve created chances it’s just that we’re not scoring,” Benjamin said when asked by iDiski Times how crucial Peter Shalulile, Deon Hotto and Prins Tjiueza will be.

“For us as a coaching team, if we’re creating chances, it means the team is alive and you do give them a chance, Peter is known for goal scoring, it’s just important for us as a team to manage our transitions, which is the offensive and defensive part. 

“I think as Namibia, the one thing I can give is that we have speed. If those springboks [in our attack] are unleashed it can be dangerous for anybody.”

Benjamin stopped short of saying they can draw inspiration from Mozambique, who held Egypt to a 2-2 draw and Cape Verde who stunned Ghana in their 2-1 win.

“The point is…us playing against Tunisia tomorrow, taking all other aspects out – it’s total different contrast apart from the demographics which is South and North – their development happens in Europe, ours happen at home,” Benjamin added.

“They have been everywhere, [being at AFCON] is a formality for them, we’re at the Nations Cup, this is something special for us, and as such, we’re hungry but also humble – we’ve prepared, done our work – let’s go on the field and do what we need to do.

“Yes [Mozambique and Cape Vede] is something you look at but we tend to concentrate on ourselves and psyche ourselves up and looking for the chance [to win when it comes].”

The two sides will meet on Tuesday at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.