South Africa vs Namibia Preview: Team news, head-to-head, how fans can win ₦25,500

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.Image result for South Africa vs Namibia AFCON 2019Group 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.

Related imageQualification 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.

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Team news
South Africa

Related imageBaxter’s men failed to make good use of the ball in their opening contest against Ivory Coast as they succumbed to a narrow defeat which left them with an uphill battle in their quest to progress beyond the group stage in Egypt.Related imageBafana Bafana struggled to create chances against the Elephants, only managing to get two shots away all game and with neither of those on target, it highlighted where the 1996 AFCON champions need to improve ahead of the clash with Namibia.
Image result for South Africa vs NamibiaStar players Percy Tau and Lebo Mothiba made very little impact upfront against Ivory Coast, while the roaming playmakers – Themba Zwane and Lebohang Maboe – must do more in terms of collecting the ball from the team’s two destroyers, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Dean Furman.
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.
Image result for South Africa vs Namibia AFCON 2019The 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.
Injuries: None
Suspensions: None
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Once again, the Brave Warriors head into another AFCON fixture as massive underdogs. Namibia are playing without any pressure and that seemed to benefit them in their opening game against Morocco even though they suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat.
Related imageAn unexpected point against the Atlas Lions would have given their chances of qualification to the knockout stages a big boost but they now face an uphill battle after the cruel late own goal by substitute Itamunua Keimuine in the 89th-minute.
Image result for South Africa vs Namibia AFCON 2019Namibia had all the answers to the questions that Morocco posed to them, and had it not been for their own costly error, Mannetti’s men would have earned a miraculous point. Arguably, the Brave Warriors deserved more on the day despite creating very little chances.
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.
Related imageNamibia were outclassed by Morocco but put up a good fight and managed to prevent them from scoring until the unfortunate own-goal but after working so hard, they may look to make some changes after the mentally-draining defeat.
Injuries: None
Suspensions: None
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The two countries first met in 1998 and since then, South Africa are undefeated in the six matches against Namibia, recording five victories and a single draw in the process. The first and last encounters between both southern African nations ended in 4:1 results.
Related imageThere was also one more game featuring over three goals, while four matches in total witnessed goals at both ends. Namibia scored in three of their visits to South Africa but failed to do so only in the most recent one in 2018.
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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
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Betting tips
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.
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South Africa may have fallen against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire but they are clear favourites for this particular one. Both teams desperately need the three points from this game having lost their first group games and a win for either side will give hope in their quest of progressing to the next round.
Predicted Score: South Africa 3-0 Namibia
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