Brave Warriors Cosafa Cup profile

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In 2008 Namibia broke a run of seven first round exits in the COSAFA Cup – when they lost to Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Swaziland, Angola and Botswana three times – as they progressed to the quarterfinals before losing out to a South African President’s XI.

They also managed to claim their first away win in the competition in 2007 when they beat Lesotho to third place in the group stages in Gaborone. They followed that up in 2008 with away wins against the Comoros Islands and Malawi as the tournament moved to South Africa.

The Brave Warriors were the surprise package of the 1997 edition, finishing second to winners Zambia and in 1998 caused a major upset by knocking out World Cup finalists South Africa at the preliminary round stage.

In 1999, they were again in the final, and narrowly lost to Angola in extra-time in the second leg in Windhoek.

Their showing in Zambia in 2013 ended with a quarterfinal exit at the hands of South Africa, but two years later they stunned the region to claim a maiden victory in the competition. They played six games in all, building momentum along the way before being crowned champions under coach Ricardo Mannetti after beating Mozambique 2-0 in the final.

They followed that up with a win in the Plate final on home soil in 2016, and last year were losing finalists in the Plate, beaten by hosts South Africa.

NAMIBIA / PROFILE
Established: 1990
Affiliated to FIFA: 1992
Affiliated to CAF: 1992
Honours: 2015 COSAFA Cup winners; 2016 COSAFA Castle Plate winners

Biggest win: Namibia 8–2 Benin (15 July 2000)
Biggest defeat: Egypt 7–1 Namibia (8 November 1996); Egypt 8–2 Namibia (13 July 2001)

Biggest win in COSAFA Cup: Namibia 4 Malawi 1 (28 June 1997); Zimbabwe 1 Namibia 4 (21
May 2015); Namibia 3 Mozambique 0 (21 June 2016)

Biggest defeat in COSAFA Cup: Zimbabwe 5-2 Namibia (19 April 1998)

Leading scorer in the COSAFA Cup: Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou, Deon Hotto 5 goals

COSAFA CUP FINISHES
1997 – Group stage (second)
1998 – Group stage (fourth)
1999 – Runners-up
2000 – Quarterfinals
2001 – First round
2002 – First round
2003 – First round
2004 – First round
2005 – First round
2006 – First round
2007 – First round
2008 – Quarterfinals
2009 – Quarterfinals
2013 – Quarterfinals
2015 – Winners
2016 – Quarterfinals
2017 – Quarterfinals

COSAFA CUP RESULT RECORD

P W D L F A
Home 16 7 8 1 26 16
Away 31 10 8 13 36 34
Total 47 17 16 14 62 50

vs Angola 4 0 2 2 3 5
vs Botswana 4 0 2 2 2 4
vs Comoros 1 1 0 0 3 0
vs Lesotho 4 1 2 1 4 4
vs Madagascar 1 1 0 0 3 2
vs Malawi 4 3 1 0 9 4
vs Mauritius 3 2 0 1 4 2
vs Mozambique 5 3 1 1 8 3
vs Seychelles 3 1 2 0 5 3
vs South Africa 4 1 1 2 5 6
vs South Africa Pres XI1 0 0 1 0 1
vs Swaziland 3 1 1 1 3 3
vs Tanzania 1 0 1 0 0 0
vs Zambia 5 1 3 1 3 3
vs Zimbabwe 4 2 0 2 10 10