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The Namibia national football team, nicknamed the Brave Warriors, is the national association football team of Namibia and is controlled by the Namibia Football Association.[3] They have never qualified for the World Cup but have made two appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Namibia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Brave Warriors
AssociationNamibia Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachFillemon Kanalelo
CaptainRonald Ketjijere
Most capsJohannes Hindjou (69)
Top scorerRudolf Bester (13)
Home stadiumIndependence Stadium
FIFA codeNAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 113 Decrease 3 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest68 (November 1998)
Lowest167 (July 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 117 Decrease 4 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest100 (12 September 1998)
Lowest165 (22 July 2006)
First international
South Africa South-West Africa 0–1 Angola 
(Namibia; May 16, 1989)
Biggest win
Namibia Namibia 8–2 Benin 
(Windhoek, Namibia; 15 July 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 7–1 Namibia Namibia
(Cairo, Egypt; 8 November 1996)
 Egypt 8–2 Namibia Namibia
(Alexandria, Egypt; 13 July 2001)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 1998)
Best resultGroup stage, 1998 and 2008

Contents

HistoryEdit

Namibia played its first international under the name South-West Africa on 16 May 1989 at home against neighboring Angola and lost 1–0. On 23 March 1990, only two days after gaining independence from South Africa, they hosted neighbour Zimbabwe and lost 5–1. On 7 June, they lost a home friendly 2–1 to Mauritius. Namibia's next contests were played in Lesotho, where they lost 2–0 to their hosts on 1 August 1992, but gained their first ever draw in a 2–2 tie against the same opposition the very next day. Namibia's first win came on 1 July 1994 in a 1–0 victory away over Botswana in a friendly. On 17 May 1998, Namibia played their first match outside of Africa and against non-African opposition, losing 2–1 in a friendly in France against Saudi Arabia.[4]

Namibia has made two appearances in the African Cup of Nations, both times going out in the first round. In 1998, Namibia lost to Ivory Coast 4–3 and drew Angola 3–3 before losing to South Africa 4–1. In 2008, Namibia lost to Morocco 5–1 and to Ghana 1–0 but drew Guinea 1–1 in their last match.

The most capped player of the Brave Warriors is retired midfielder Johannes Hindjou with 69 caps and Rudolph Bester is the all-time top goalscorer with 13 goals.[5]

HonoursEdit

COSAFA Cup

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 0 12
  1998 8 2 2 4 9 18
    2002 10 1 3 6 7 27
  2006 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2010 6 2 0 4 7 12
  2014 8 3 2 3 10 4
  2018 4 1 1 2 3 5
  2022 To be determined
      2026 To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 42 9 9 24 37 82

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1994 Did not enter
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Group stage 14 3 0 1 2 7 11
    2000 Did not qualify
  2002
  2004
  2006
  2008 Group stage 10 3 0 1 2 2 7
  2010 Did not qualify
    2012
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019 Qualified
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
Total Group stage 3/32 6 0 2 4 9 18

Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit

Updated on 23 March 2019 after match against Zambia.[6]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Algeria 4 0 0 4 0 7 −7
  Angola 13 0 6 7 9 19 −10
  Benin 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4
  Botswana 19 2 10 7 18 19 −1
  Burkina Faso 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9
  Burundi 2 1 0 1 4 4 0
  Chad 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
  Cameroon 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
  Comoros 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4
  Congo 4 1 0 3 1 7 −6
  Djibouti 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
  DR Congo 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3
  Egypt 6 0 1 5 6 23 −17
  Ethiopia 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
  Gabon 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
  Gambia 4 2 1 1 5 5 0
  Ghana 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2
  Guinea 7 0 2 5 2 13 −11
  Guinea-Bissau 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1
  India 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Ivory Coast 5 2 1 2 7 9 −2
  Kenya 6 4 0 2 5 3 +2
  Lebanon 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Lesotho 11 4 4 3 12 12 0
  Liberia 1 1 2 1 2 2 0
  Libya 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
  Madagascar 5 2 1 2 7 9 −2
  Malawi 14 8 3 3 19 13 +6
  Mali 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2
  Mauritius 4 2 0 2 5 4 +1
  Morocco 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12
  Mozambique 16 8 5 3 22 12 +10
  Niger 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
  Nigeria 4 0 1 3 1 8 −7
  Rwanda 4 0 3 1 3 6 −3
  Saudi Arabia 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
  Senegal 5 0 0 5 1 16 −15
  Seychelles 5 2 3 0 9 4 +5
  South Africa 8 1 2 5 8 16 −8
  Eswatini 8 1 4 3 7 9 −2
  Tanzania 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2
  Tunisia 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7
  Zambia 19 2 10 7 11 24 −13
  Zimbabwe 12 6 0 6 23 25 −2
Total 239 61 68 110 235 346 −111

Recent results and fixturesEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification matches against Comoros in August 2017.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Maximilian Mbaeva (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 30) 9 0   Golden Arrows
1GK Virgil Vries (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 30) 24 0   Maritzburg United

2DF Willem Mwedihanga (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 33) 41 0   University of Pretoria
2DF Denzil Hoaseb (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 32) 39 0   Black Africa
2DF Chris Katjiukua (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 32) 28 1   Golden Arrows
2DF Ferdinand Karongee (1984-01-27) 27 January 1984 (age 35) 2 0   Tigers
2DF Edmund Kambanda (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 26) 2 0   UNAM

3MF Petrus Shitembi (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 27) 40 3   AmaZulu
3MF Ronald Ketjijere (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 31) 38 0   University of Pretoria
3MF Willy Stephanus (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 27) 37 3   Black Africa
3MF Heinrich Isaacks (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 34) 36 4   UNAM
3MF Deon Hotto (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 27) 26 7   Golden Arrows
3MF Peter Shalulile (1992-07-24) 24 July 1992 (age 26) 15 2   Highlands Park
3MF Absalom Iimbondi (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 27) 5 0   Tigers
3MF Dynamo Fredericks (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Black Africa
3MF Immanuel Heita (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Black Africa

4FW Hendrik Somaeb (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 (age 33) 26 8   Zemun
4FW Benson Shilongo (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27) 15 7   Ismaily SC
4FW Terdius Uiseb (1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Orlando Pirates Windhoek

Recent call-upEdit

The following players have been called up to the Namibia squad during the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Angula da Costa (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 32) 23 0   Black Africa
DF Freedom Puriza (1986-06-22) 22 June 1986 (age 32) 14 0   African Stars

MF Emilio Martin (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 28) 6 0   Black Africa

FW Rudolf Bester (1983-07-19) 19 July 1983 (age 35) 39 12   Golden Arrows
FW Lazarus Kaimbi (1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 30) 20 5   Suphanburi
FW Tangeni Shipahu (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 31) 16 2   Krabi
FW Jerome Louis (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 31) 12 0   Township Rollers
FW Panduleni Nekundi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30) 2 1   United Africa Tigers

Previous squadsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations quads

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Namibian football on the rise – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  4. ^ "Namibia International Matches". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Senior Men (Brave Warriors)". nfa.org.na. Namibia Football Association. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Namibia". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

External sourcesEdit