Namibia national football team

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Namibia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Brave Warriors
Association Namibia Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Ricardo Mannetti
Captain Ronald Ketjijere
Most caps Johannes Hindjou (69)
Top scorer Rudolf Bester (13)
Home stadium Independence Stadium
FIFA code NAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 94 Steady (4 May 2017)
Highest 68 (November 1998)
Lowest 167 (July 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 114 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 100 (12 September 1998)
Lowest 165 (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
Appearances 2 (first in 1998)
Best result Group stage, 1998 and 2008

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.[1] They have never qualified for the World Cup but have made two appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations.

History[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Honours[edit]

COSAFA Cup

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Burundi in March 2016.

Caps & goals as of 29 March 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Maximilian Mbaeva (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 28) 9 0 South Africa Golden Arrows
1GK Charles Uirab (1985-03-10) 10 March 1985 (age 32) 2 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates Windhoek

2DF Willem Mwedihanga (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 31) 41 0 South Africa University of Pretoria
2DF Denzil Haoseb (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 30) 39 0 Namibia Black Africa
2DF Chris Katjiukua (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 30) 28 1 South Africa Golden Arrows
2DF Ferdinand Karongee (1984-01-27) 27 January 1984 (age 33) 2 0 Namibia Tigers
2DF Edmund Kambanda (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Namibia UNAM

3MF Petrus Shitembi (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 25) 40 3 South Africa AmaZulu
3MF Ronald Ketjijere (1983-04-06) 6 April 1983 (age 34) 38 0 South Africa University of Pretoria
3MF Willy Stephanus (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 25) 37 3 Namibia Black Africa
3MF Heinrich Isaacks (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 32) 36 4 Namibia UNAM
3MF Deon Hotto (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 25) 26 7 South Africa Golden Arrows
3MF Peter Shalulile (1992-07-24) 24 July 1992 (age 24) 15 2 South Africa Highlands Park
3MF Absalom Iimbondi (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 25) 5 0 Namibia Tigers
3MF Dynamo Fredericks (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Namibia Black Africa
3MF Immanuel Heita (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Namibia Black Africa

4FW Benson Shilongo (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 24) 15 7 South Africa Platinum Stars
4FW Hendrik Somaeb (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 (age 31) 14 2 South Africa Free State Stars
4FW Terdius Uiseb (1994-05-08) 8 May 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates Windhoek

Recent call-up[edit]

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
GK Edward Maova (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Namibia Civics v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)[4]
GK Charles Uirab (1993-07-07) 7 July 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)
GK Lloyd Kazapua (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Namibia United Africa Tigers v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
GK Athiel Mbaha (1976-12-05) 5 December 1976 (age 40) 34 0 Namibia United Africa Tigers v.  Ghana, 4 January 2014

DF Angula da Costa (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 30) 23 0 Namibia Black Africa
DF Freedom Puriza (1986-06-22) 22 June 1986 (age 30) 14 0 Namibia African Stars
DF Dennis Ngueza (1985-03-23) 23 March 1985 (age 32) 3 0 Namibia African Stars v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)
DF Larry Horaeb (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 25) 22 0 South Africa AmaZulu v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
DF Treasure Kauapirura (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Namibia United Africa Tigers v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014

MF Neville Tjiueza (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 23) 11 1 Namibia Tura Magic v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)
MF Bryan Bantam (1986-12-03) 3 December 1986 (age 30) 8 0 Namibia Black Africa v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
MF Eric Kahua 0 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
MF Manfred Starke (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Germany Hansa Rostock v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014 (withdrew)[5]
MF Pineas Jacob (1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 31) 19 1 South Africa AmaZulu v.  Ghana, 4 January 2014
MF Heinrich Isaacks (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 32) 23 4 South Africa Maritzburg United
MF Willy Stephanus (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 25) 22 1 Thailand Krabi
MF Emilio Martin (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Namibia Black Africa
MF Hendrik Somaeb (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 (age 31) 4 0 Namibia Blue Waters

FW Theophilus Tsowaseb (1989-07-02) 2 July 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates v.  Ghana, 4 January 2014
FW Rudolf Bester (1983-07-19) 19 July 1983 (age 33) 39 12 South Africa Golden Arrows
FW Lazarus Kaimbi (1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 28) 20 5 Thailand Chiangrai United
FW Tangeni Shipahu (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 29) 16 2 Thailand Krabi
FW Jerome Louis (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 29) 12 0 Botswana Township Rollers
FW Panduleni Nekundi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 28) 2 1 Namibia United Africa Tigers

Previous squads[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations quads

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Namibian football on the rise – ESPN FC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Namibia International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  3. ^ http://www.nfa.org.na/?q=national_team
  4. ^ "Warriors determined to control destiny". Namibia Football Association. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Withdrawals hit Warriors ahead of Tanzania clash". Namibia Football Association. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 

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