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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.

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