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Warriors on the edge

Author: Jesse Jackson Kauraisa, 28/06/19

Bafana Bafana midfielder Hlompho Kekana is marked by Namibia's Petrus Shitembi (

The Brave Warriors are exactly where they don't want to be at Afcon 2019: Needing a victory over Ivory Coast to have any chance of staying alive in the competition.

The Brave Warriors will have to score an unlikely victory today against Ivory Coast if they are to have any chance of making into the knockout rounds at Afcon 2019.

The Namibians will have to combine flexibility and tactical astuteness for their final Group D match, after an unlucky loss to Bafana Bafana on Saturday. Coach Ricardo Mannetti says his team have shown they can play the best on the continent. “We need more than our compact play against Morocco and the flexibility against South Africa. We need to add more and get the goals and things can happen. I'm positive and the boys know they can give more,” Mannetti told NFA Media.

He added that the group has been tough, as evidenced by the scorelines. Namibia also lost 0-1 to Morocco in their opening match, courtesy of an own-goal. “(There have been) very close scorelines and now it's our chance to score and maybe win. We respect Ivory Coast and we know they will come out to play as well. We have to get around them and get a goal in this group and hopefully a win as well,” the coach added. Brave Warriors vice-captain Petrus Shitembi, echoed his coach's sentiments and promised hard work against Ivory Coast. “We came here to do our best and after these two defeats and we go into our final game looking for a good showing. We will leave it on the pitch. We lack that game-management experience and we got wiser now and we will show this in the final match,” Shitembi noted.

The Warriors vs Ivory Coast match will kick off the same time as the Group D clash between Bafana Bafana and Morocco. A draw for Bafana would put an end to Namibia's chances of reaching the second round.

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