Bafana Bafana vs Namibia lineups, 3 predictions – Friendly

Bafana Bafana vs Namibia lineups, 3 predictions – Friendly
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Orlando Stadium will host Bafana Bafana vs Namibia as both nations trade tackles in a friendly match. Kick-off is 15:00 SAST on Saturday, 9 September 2023.

Bafana Bafana have not been in action since defeating Malawi on penalties in the third-place match of the COSAFA Cup in July. Both teams could not be separated in a goalless draw, with the South Africans edging out a 5-4 win on penalties.

On the other hand, Namibia last played when they shared the spoils in a goalless draw against Botswana in the group stage of the COSAFA Cup, and were eliminated.

Bafana Bafana vs Namibia
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This clash is one of two friendlies lined up for Bafana Bafana in this international window. They will face DR Congo in another friendly three days later.

Bafana Bafana vs Namibia probable lineups

Here are our probable lineups for this regional friendly match:

South Africa

Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams
Defenders: Grant Kekana, Thabiso Moyanne, Aubrey Maphosa Modiba, Nkosinathi Sibisi
Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena, Grant Margeman, Bathusi Aubaas
Forwards: Zakhele Lepasa, Lyle Foster, Percy Tau

Namibia

Goalkeeper: Kamaijanda Ndisiro
Defenders: Ivan Kamberipa, Kenedy Amuntenya, Riaan Hanamub
Midfielders: Devin Somseb, Deon Hotto, Petrus Shitembi, Romeo Kasume, Marcell Papama
Forwards: Bethuel Muzeu, Uetuuru Kambato

Bafana Bafana vs Namibia confirmed lineups


*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Bafana Bafana vs Namibia predictions

Prediction 1: South Africa to Reign Supreme

For a team with strikers in the best form of their lives, a win for South Africa becomes an easy selection to make. Bafana Bafana are currently on five wins in their last seven games, while their opponents have one win in seven games and are winless in their last five.

Zakhele Lepasa available to play Bafana Bafana vs Namibia friendly
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Also, Bafana Bafana vs Namibia last five encounters have seen the home side pick up three wins and are undefeated. With home support on the side of South Africa, a win looks more like a sure prediction.

Prediction 2: South Africa to Open the Scoring

Hugo Broos‘ side go into this friendly match as favourites with their forwards in good form; as such, backing them to score first is a good option. Also, it's worth mentioning that South Africa have opened the scoring in four of five previous clashes between both countries.

Prediction 3: Under 2.5 Total Goals

This will be the sixth time both countries will meet since 2017. The previous five clashes between them have gone under 2.5 in four meetings, with just one ending on a high-scoring note. Although South Africa has in-form strikers going into this clash, still we fancy this game to pan out like it has been in their previous games – low-scoring.

Bafana Bafana vs Namibia Head-to-Head

In a H2H dating back to 2017, South Africa and Namibia have met on five different occasions. Bafana Bafana have three wins, while two encounters ended in draws.

The last five results between South Africa and Namibia:

COSAFA Cup 05/07/23

South Africa

South Africa

1
Namibia

Namibia

1

International Match 08/10/20

South Africa

South Africa

1
Namibia

Namibia

1

Africa Cup of Nations 28/06/19

South Africa

South Africa

1
Namibia

Namibia

0

COSAFA Cup 05/06/18

South Africa

South Africa

4
Namibia

Namibia

1

COSAFA Cup 07/07/17

South Africa

South Africa

1
Namibia

Namibia

0

South Africa form

Bafana Bafana have only lost one game in their last 14 matches which includes competitive games and friendlies. They've registered ten wins and three draws on that stretch.

Namibia form

Namibia have not posted good results in their last 14 games which includes competitive and friendly bouts. They've only managed three wins, while picking twice as many losses as they've won, six, with five draws.

Two Bafana Bafana players to watch out for in South Africa vs Namibia friendly

Zakhele Lepasa

Zakhele Lepasa has been on fire for his club Orlando Pirates; he's netted in his last four games and will be looking to make it five against Namibia.

Lepasa and Foster available for Bafana Bafana vs Namibia clash
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The red-hot striker has scored nine goals in eight games across all competitions for the Buccaneers. He also found the back of the net in Bafana Bafana's last two AFCON qualifying games. Keep an eye on him as he's expected to lead the line for South Africa in this game.

Lyle Foster

Lyle Foster is creating a good reputation for himself for both club and country. The 22-year-old has impressed for Burnley this campaign, netting the club's first and second goal of the Premier League season.

Foster scored three of Bafana Bafana's seven goals in the AFCON qualifiers which helped South Africa to qualify for the event. Foster's last international goal came in March and he will be eager to get on the score-sheet for his country as they take on Namibia. Watch out for Foster!

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.