Thursday 6 May 2021
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Bafana and Warriors go head to head

It is make or break for both Namibia and South Africa after both countries conceded 1-0 in their opening games against Morocco and Ivory Coast respectively.
Qualification is certainly still within their grasp since four third-best teams will advance to knockout stages.
The only hurdle standing in each other’s way for both teams is each other.  South Africa suffered a single defeat and questions are flying. Where did Stuart Baxter get it wrong? Critics suggest a good look is given at Baxter’s decision to only play one friendly leading up to the Nation’s Cup.
They ask whether he perhaps should have taken the COSAFA Cup more seriously.
Others are a touch more harsh in their questioning; “does he even have a plan at all?”
At the other side of the coin is Namibia, who headed into Afcon as underdogs. It appears that the Brave Warriors are playing with no pressure and it benefitted them in their opening game against Morocco, which ended in a loss due to an own goal by Itamunua Keimuine.
If not for the upset, the Warriors may very have earned a point to set them a notch above the rest.
“Against a possibly weaker opposition in South Africa, and taking into consideration that 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, Brave Warriors will be hoping to prove a point and make their nation proud against the country they all ply their trade in,” one fan comments.
Namibia is a team that is used to playing without the ball throughout most of the game, while South Africa enjoy playing with the game at their feet.
This could be to their (South Africa’s) advantage and could afford them more goal-scoring opportunities. Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo recently was going as saying “I am glad we did not get so-called small nations because we seem to be at our best when we face big-name countries, so I am confident we will do well.”
Ricardo Manetti said of his squad, “we feel this team has the right energy, they fit us right for the tactics to be used and they will represent Namibia to the best of their abilities.
These are the right players with the right work ethic and harmony.” As Namibians, we are optimistic for a positive outcome of tonight’s game.

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