Namibia national football team

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Namibia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Brave Warriors
Association Namibia Football Association
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Ronald Ketjijere
Top scorer Rudolf Bester (13)
Home stadium Independence Stadium
FIFA code NAM
FIFA ranking 114 Decrease 9 (9 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 68 (November 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 167 (July 2006)
Elo ranking 128
Highest Elo ranking 100 (12 September 1998)
Lowest Elo ranking 165 (22 July 2006)
First colours
Second colours
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 Round 1; 1998 & 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 first ever away matches were played in Lesotho, where they lost 2–0 to their hosts on 1 August 1992, and then gained their first ever draw in a 2–2 game against the same opposition the very next day. 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 Congo Hindjou with 69 caps and retired Gerros Uri-Khob is the all-time top goalscorer with 12 goals.[3]

Honours[edit]

COSAFA Cup

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players have been named in the squad for the upcoming friendly against Ghana on 25 March 2015.[4]

Caps and goals updated as of March 5, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Virgil Vries (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 24) 15 0 South Africa Maritzburg United
1GK Maximilian Mbaeva (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 26) 2 0 South Africa Golden Arrows
2DF Denzil Haoseb (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 28) 21 0 Namibia Black Africa
2DF Chris Katjiukua (1986-10-25) 25 October 1986 (age 28) 13 0 South Africa Golden Arrows


2DF Willem Mwedihanga (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 29) 21 0 South Africa AmaZulu
2DF Ananias Gebhardt (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 26) 11 2 Namibia United Africa Tigers
2DF Denis Tjetinda Namibia African Stars
2DF Charles Hambira Namibia Tura Magic
3MF Gregory Auchumeb Namibia Blue Waters
3MF Peter Shalulile Namibia Tura Magic
3MF Robert Nganjone Namibia African Stars
3MF Joslin Kamatuka Namibia African Stars
3MF Wangu Gomes 0 0 Namibia Civics
3MF Petrus Shitembi (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 23) 22 2 South Africa University of Pretoria
3MF Ronald Ketjijere (1983-04-06) 6 April 1983 (age 32) 17 0 South Africa University of Pretoria
3MF Deon Kavendji (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 23) 11 1 South Africa Golden Arrows
4FW Sydney Urikhob (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 23) 21 5 Thailand Saraburi
4FW Benson Shilongo
4FW Henrico Botes (1979-02-24) 24 February 1979 (age 36) 20 4 South Africa Platinum Stars
4FW Nicky Musambani South Africa Orlando Pirates

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 0 0 Namibia Civics v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)[5]
GK Charles Uirab 0 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)
GK Lloyd Kazapua (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Namibia United Africa Tigers v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
GK Athiel Mbaha (1976-12-05) 5 December 1976 (age 38) 34 0 Namibia United Africa Tigers v.  Ghana, 4 January 2014
DF Angula da Costa (1987-03-17) 17 March 1987 (age 28) 23 0 Namibia Black Africa
DF Freedom Puriza (1986-06-22) 22 June 1986 (age 29) 14 0 Namibia African Stars
DF Dennis Ngueza (1985-03-23) 23 March 1985 (age 30) 3 0 Namibia African Stars v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)
DF Larry Horaeb (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 23) 22 0 South Africa AmaZulu v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
DF Treasure Kauapirura (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Namibia United Africa Tigers v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014
MF Neville Tjiueza (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 21) 11 1 Namibia Tura Magic v.  Congo, 17 May 2014 (preliminary squad)
MF Bryan Bantam (1986-12-03) 3 December 1986 (age 28) 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 24) 2 0 Germany Hansa Rostock v.  Tanzania, 5 March 2014 (withdrew)[6]
MF Pineas Jacob (1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 29) 19 1 South Africa AmaZulu v.  Ghana, 4 January 2014
MF Heinrich Isaacks (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 30) 23 4 South Africa Maritzburg United
MF Willy Stephanus (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 24) 22 1 Thailand Krabi
MF Emilio Martin (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 25) 6 0 Namibia Black Africa
MF Hendrik Somaeb (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 (age 29) 4 0 Namibia Blue Waters
FW Theophilus Tsowaseb (1989-07-02) 2 July 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Namibia Orlando Pirates v.  Ghana, 4 January 2014
FW Rudolf Bester (1983-07-19) 19 July 1983 (age 32) 39 12 South Africa Golden Arrows
FW Lazarus Kaimbi (1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 27) 20 5 Thailand Bangkok Glass
FW Tangeni Shipahu (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 27) 16 2 Thailand Krabi
FW Jerome Louis (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 27) 12 0 Botswana Township Rollers
FW Panduleni Nekundi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 26) 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. ^ "Brave Warriors to face Black Stars". Namibia Football Association. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  5. ^ "Warriors determined to control destiny". Namibia Football Association. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Withdrawals hit Warriors ahead of Tanzania clash". Namibia Football Association. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 

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