Namibia national football team

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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 120 Increase 1 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest68 (November 1998)
Lowest167 (July 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 119 Decrease 2 (13 September 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)

The Namibia national football team, nicknamed the Brave Warriors, represents Namibia in international football 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.

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.[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]

Honours[edit]

COSAFA Cup

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 0 12
France 1998 8 2 2 4 9 18
South Korea Japan 2002 10 1 3 6 7 27
Germany 2006 2 0 1 1 1 4
South Africa 2010 6 2 0 4 7 12
Brazil 2014 8 3 2 3 10 4
Russia 2018 4 1 1 2 3 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 42 9 9 24 37 82

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Algeria 1990 Part of  South Africa
Senegal 1992 to Tunisia 1994 Did not enter
South Africa 1996 Did not qualify
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 14 3 0 1 2 7 11
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008 Group stage 10 3 0 1 2 2 7
Angola 2010 Did not qualify
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 1 6
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total Group stage 3/32 9 0 2 7 10 24

African Nations Championship record[edit]

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

COSAFA Cup[edit]

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
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Head-to-head record against other nations[edit]

Updated on 10 September 2019 after match against  Eritrea[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 5 3 1 1 8 2 +6
 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
 Eritrea 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
 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 6 2 1 3 8 13 −5
 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 248 65 69 114 248 356 −108

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Eritrea on 4 & 10 September 2019.[7]

Caps and goals as of 4 September 2019 after the game against Eritrea.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Lloyd Kazapua (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 30) 19 0 South Africa Maccabi
16 1GK Virgil Vries (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 28) 34 0 South Africa Maritzburg United
23 1GK Ratanda Mbazuvara (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 30) 2 0 Namibia African Stars

2 2DF Gregory Aukumeb (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Namibia Blue Waters
3 2DF Ivan Kamberipa (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Namibia African Stars
4 2DF Aprocious Petrus (1999-10-09) 9 October 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Namibia Eleven Arrows
5 2DF Vitapi Ngaruka (1995-10-16) 16 October 1995 (age 23) 8 1 Namibia Black Africa
6 2DF Larry Horaeb (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 27) 50 0 Namibia Tura Magic
18 2DF Chris Katjiukua (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 32) 33 1 South Africa Black Leopards
20 2DF Teberius Lombard (1989-05-24) 24 May 1989 (age 30) 18 0 Zambia Zanaco

7 3MF Hotto Kavendji (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 27) 49 10 South Africa Bidvest Wits
8 3MF Willy Stephanus (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 28) 47 3 Zambia Lusaka Dynamos
10 3MF Hendrik Somaeb (1985-09-25) 25 September 1985 (age 33) 31 8 Unattached
12 3MF Immanuel Heita (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 27) 7 0 Namibia Black Africa
14 3MF Joslin Kamatuka (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 28) 10 2 South Africa Cape Umoya United
15 3MF Marcel Papama (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Namibia African Stars
21 3MF Dynamo Fredericks (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 27) 22 1 Namibia Black Africa

9 4FW Benson Shilongo (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27) 29 9 Egypt Ismaily SC
11 4FW Aubrey Amseb (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Namibia African Stars
13 4FW Peter Shalulile (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 26) 32 7 South Africa Highlands Park
17 4FW Wendell Rudath (1995-07-10) 10 July 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Namibia Black Africa
19 4FW Llewelyn Stanley (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Namibia Tigers
27 4FW Elmo Kambindu (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 26) 1 1 Namibia Mighty Gunners

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Charles Uirab (1988-12-25) 25 December 1988 (age 30) 2 0 Namibia UNAM v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
GK Kamaijanda Ndisiro 1 0 Namibia Black Africa v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
GK Calvin Spiegel 0 0 Namibia Okahandja United v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
GK Maximilian Mbaeva (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 30) 21 0 South Africa Golden Arrows 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

DF Denzil Hoaseb (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 28) 61 0 South Africa Highlands Park v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
DF Ananias Gebhardt (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 31) 42 2 South Africa Baroka 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Riaan Hanamub (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 24) 22 0 South Africa Jomo Cosmos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Charles Hambira (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 29) 12 2 Namibia Tura Magic 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Ryan Nyambe (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 21) 3 0 England Blackburn Rovers 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Benjamin Nenkavu (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 26) 13 2 Zambia Buildcon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Treasure Kauapirura (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 29) 1 0 Namibia African Stars v.  Zambia, 23 March 2019

MF Petrus Shitembi (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 27) 65 4 Zambia Lusaka Dynamos v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
MF Absalom Iimbondi (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 27) 26 2 Namibia Tigers v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
MF Emilio Martin (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 29) 12 0 Namibia Black Africa v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
MF McCartney Naweseb (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Namibia Tigers v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
MF Gustav Isaak (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Namibia African Stars v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
MF Ronald Ketjijere (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 31) 68 2 Namibia African Stars 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Wesley Katjiteo (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Namibia Black Africa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Edmund Kambanda (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 26) 8 0 Namibia UNAM 2019 COSAFA Cup

FW Panduleni Nekundi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 31) 9 2 Namibia African Stars v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
FW Junias Theophilus (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 28) 7 0 Namibia Tura Magic v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
FW Isaskar Gurirab (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 4 2 Namibia Life Fighters v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
FW Mapenzi Muwanei (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Namibia Tigers v.  Eritrea, September 2019 PRE
FW Itamunua Keimuine (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 26) 29 1 Ethiopia Dire Dawa City 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Manfred Starke (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28) 5 0 Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Sadney Urikhob (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 27) 33 7 Tanzania Simba 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Muna Katupose (1988-02-22) 22 February 1988 (age 31) 15 4 Namibia 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 squads[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations Squads

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 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/2019/08/30/warriors-to-eritrea-revealed/

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