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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 three 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 coachRicardo Mannetti
CaptainRonald Ketjijere
Most capsJohannes Hindjou (69)
Top scorerRudolf Bester (13)
Home stadiumIndependence Stadium
FIFA codeNAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 113 Steady (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest68 (November 1998)
Lowest167 (July 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 125 Decrease 7 (10 July 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, 2008 and 2019)

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 three appearances in the African Cup of Nations, going out in the first round in all three competitions. 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. In 2019, they lost all their group games scoring only a single goal. They lost to Morocco 1–0, and suffered the same loss to South Africa before losing to Ivory Coast 4–1.

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   1990 Part of   South Africa
  1992 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 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 1 6
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
Total Group stage 3/32 9 0 2 7 10 24

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011
  2014
  2016
  2018 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 1 1 3 3
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Quarter-finals 1/5 4 2 1 1 3 3

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit

Updated on 28 June 2019 after match against South Africa.[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 15 8 3 4 20 15 +5
  Mali 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2
  Mauritius 4 2 0 2 5 4 +1
  Morocco 7 0 1 6 2 15 −13
  Mozambique 17 9 5 3 24 13 +11
  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 6 3 3 0 12 4 +8
  South Africa 9 1 2 6 8 17 −9
  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 243 62 68 113 241 351 −110

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[7]

Caps and goals as of 1 July 2019 after the game against Ivory Coast.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Maximilian Mbaeva (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 30) 21 0   Golden Arrows
16 1GK Ratanda Mbazuvara (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 29) 1 0   African Stars
23 1GK Lloyd Kazapua (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 30) 17 0   Maccabi

2 2DF Denzil Hoaseb (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 28) 60 0   Highlands Park
6 2DF Larry Horaeb (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 27) 47 0   Tura Magic
3 2DF Ananias Gebhardt (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 30) 42 2   Baroka
4 2DF Riaan Hanamub (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 24) 22 0   Jomo Cosmos
5 2DF Charles Hambira (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 29) 12 2   Tura Magic
20 2DF Ivan Kamberipa (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25) 2 0   African Stars
22 2DF Ryan Nyambe (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Blackburn Rovers

7 3MF Hotto Kavendji (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 27) 47 10   Bidvest Wits
8 3MF Willy Stephanus (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 28) 46 3   Lusaka Dynamos
11 3MF Absalom Iimbondi (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 27) 26 2   Tigers
12 3MF Ronald Ketjijere (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 31) 67 2   African Stars
14 3MF Joslin Kamatuka (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 27) 9 2   Cape Umoya United
15 3MF Marcel Papama (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 23) 7 0   African Stars
19 3MF Petrus Shitembi (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 27) 64 4   Lusaka Dynamos
21 3MF Dynamo Fredericks (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 27) 21 0   Black Africa

9 4FW Benson Shilongo (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27) 28 9   Ismaily SC
10 4FW Manfred Starke (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Carl Zeiss Jena
13 4FW Peter Shalulile (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 26) 30 6   Highlands Park
17 4FW Itamunua Keimuine (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 26) 29 1   Dire Dawa City
18 4FW Isaskar Gurirab (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 4 2   Life Fighters

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Namibia in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Virgil Vries (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 30) 34 0   Maritzburg United 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

DF Teberius Lombard (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 30) 17 0   Lusaka Dynamos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Benjamin Nenkavu (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 26) 13 2   Buildcon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Chris Katjiukua (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 32) 32 1   Black Leopards 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Vitapi Ngaruka (1995-10-16) 16 October 1995 (age 23) 8 1   Black Africa 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Aprocius Petrus (1999-10-09) 9 October 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Eleven Arrows 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Treasure Kauapirura (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 29) 1 0   African Stars v.   Zambia, 23 March 2019

MF Wesley Katjiteo (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 26) 3 0   Black Africa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Emilio Martin (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 28) 12 0   Black Africa 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Edmund Kambanda (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 26) 8 0   UNAM 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF McCartney Naweseb (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Tigers 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Immanuel Heita (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 27) 5 0   Black Africa v.   Zambia, 23 March 2019

FW Sadney Urikhob (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 27) 33 7   Simba 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Junias Theophilus (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 27) 6 0   Tura Magic 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Llewelyn Stanley (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Tigers 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Ambrosius Amseb (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 25) 2 0   African Stars 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Muna Katupose (1988-02-22) 22 February 1988 (age 31) 15 4   United Africa Tigers v.   Zambia, 23 March 2019

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Previous squadsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 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.
  7. ^ http://nfa.org.na/2019/06/10/mannetti-names-right-warriors-for-afcon/

External sourcesEdit