NICKNAME Brave Warriors BEST AFCON FINISH Group stages in 1998 and 2008. “Namibia will be the whipping boys of Group D,” sports editor Njabulo Ngidi says of the side that qualified for Afcon for only the third time.
Yet while they lack international experience, they do have players who know the Bafana players well, as many of the Namibians play in the Absa Premier Soccer League.
Ngidi cautions Baxter and Bafana not to underestimate the Warriors. “They shouldn’t go into the match thinking they’ll easily win. When things don’t go their way, they struggle to pick themselves up.”
KEY PLAYERS Kaizer Chiefs’ Virgil Vries, Bidvest Wits’ Deon Hotto and Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile (RIGHT) are all well-known names in SA soccer.