It’s a do or die affair when South Africa and Namibia clash in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 after the regional neighbours both lost their opening group games by the same 1-0 scoreline against a couple of the tournament favourites, Ivory Coast and Morocco, respectively.Group D (which most football fans describe as the ‘Group of Death’) is one of the most exciting groups which many fans watching AFCON 2019 are looking forward to finding out teams that will qualify for the round of 16 stage.
Qualification is certainly still in reach for Bafana Bafana and the Brave Warriors despite losing their respective opening game, especially as four of the best third-placed nations will also advance to the knockout stages in this AFCON edition which is the first to have 24 teams taking part. Now, the only hurdle standing in the way of Stuart Baxter’s South Africa and Ricardo Mannetti’s Namibia is each other.
Defensively, South Africa were in a shambles, which was a surprise considering Sifiso Hlanti, Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thulani Hlatshwayo all play together at Bidvest Wits, yet they were guilty of making schoolboy errors which cannot be allowed in two consecutive games.
The defensive trio need to learn from their own mistakes and make amends against Namibia, where they will come up against one of their club team-mates, Deon Hotto. If Bafana Bafana are on song, they could certainly cruise past their neighbours and take a big step towards reaching the next round at AFCON. While South Africa are not blessed with a squad full of superstars and must work hard as a team to turn around the defeat to the Ivory Coast, it is likely fans will see the same starting XI named unless coach coach Baxter deviates from what he perceives as his best team.
Now, against relatively weaker opposition in Bafana Bafana, along with the fact that a number of Namibia players feature in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League, Wits winger, Hotto, as well as the Highlands Park duo of Denzil Haoseb and Peter Shalulile, Loydt Kazapua of Maccabi FC, Riaan Hanamub of Jomo Cosmos and Larry Horaeb of Baroka FC will be hoping to prove a point and make their nation proud against the country they all ply their trade in.
South Africa XI: Williams; Mkhize, Mkhwanazi, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti; Furman, Mokotjo; Zwane, Maboe; Tau, Mothiba.
Namibia XI: Kazapua; Horaeb, Nyambe, Haoseb, Hanamub; Shitembi, Ketjijere, Starke, Hotto; Limbondi, Shalulile
South Africa are given 1.78 odd for them to win which shows they are favourites to win the match but there’s is a room for taking a risk when it comes to betting and football is a game of surprises. Namibia have 5.10 odd to win the game and if you can take a risk of staking ₦5,000 you have a possible return of ₦25,500.
Predicted Score: South Africa 3-0 Namibia