Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile and Cape Town Spurs defender Lubeni Haukogo will both miss Namibia’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea.
Haukongo couldn’t finish Spurs match against Kaizer Chiefs last week, as he pulled a muscle and was replaced by young Liam Bern. The Namibian centre-back has been instrumental in the Spurs defence, and also scored an important goal in their 2-1 win against Orlando Pirates.
Shalulile, meanwhile, was back from injury for Sundowns and featured in the African Football League final second leg against Wydad Athletic Club, scoring the important opener in their 2-0 win.
He laster 89 minutes after last playing in the MNT8 final on 7 October before making his return in the AFL final. But it seems he’s not yet ready for international duty, as Namibia national team coach Collin Benjamin confirmed that both Haukongo and Shalulile didn’t travel with the squad to Equatorial Guinea.
“Lubheni Haukongo couldn’t travel with us, he had a hamstring injury, and we couldn’t pick that risky. He is not part of the squad,” Benjamin told Namibia FA media.
“Peter is also not with us, he is a player of Mamelodi Sundowns. The last communication we got from his club is that Peter is injured, and he didn’t travel with the team. That’s what it is. We all know Peter is a player of quality.”
Chippa United striker Elmo Kambidu is expected to fill the void of Shalulile. The 30-year-old has scored three goals this season for Chilli Boyz, including a brace against Richards Bay.
Namibia take on Equatorial Guinea on 15 November before a trip to Sao Tome e Principe on 21 November.