All roads will lead to Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo as South Africa vs Namibia lock horns in their second Africa Cup of Nations Group E match. This clash will begin at 22:00 SAST on Sunday, 21 January 2024.
Placed bottom of the group, this late kick-off is a must-win for Bafana Bafana if they are to stand a chance of repeating their 1996 heroics.
South Africa vs Namibia probable lineups
Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams
Defenders: Khuliso Mudau, Mothobi Mvala, Siyanda Xulu, Aubrey Modiba
Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Sphephelo Sithole, Teboho Mokoena, Thapelo Maseko
Forwards: Evidence Makgopa, Percy Tau
Goalkeeper: Llyod Junior Kazapua
Defenders: Rian Hanamub, Lubeni Haukongo, Kennedy Amutenya, Ryan Nyambe
Midfielders: Aprocius Petrus, Deon Hotto, Prins Menelik Tjiueza, Absalom Limbondi
Forwards: Petrus Shitembi, Peter Shalulile
South Africa vs Namibia confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
South Africa vs Namibia stats
- South Africa and Namibia will be facing each other for the third time in the Africa Cup of Nations. They met last in 2019 and 1998.
- South Africa has won both meetings with the Brave Warriors of Namibia in this competition.
- Both teams will square off for the eleventh time since 1998.
- Bafana Bafana are unbeaten against Namibia, having won six and drawn four in their previous ten encounters.
- The last three meetings between South Africa and Namibia ended in stalemates.
- Namibia will be aiming to pick just their second win in history in AFCON as they take on South Africa.
- A win for Namibia in this game will ensure outright qualification into the knockout phase while a win for Bafana Bafana ensures both teams' fate will be decided in their final group game.
South Africa vs Namibia predictions
The Brave Warriors of Namibia threw Group E wide open after picking a shocking one nil victory against Tunisia in their opening match.
South Africa, meanwhile, lost 2-0 to Mali and now face an enormous task to make it out of the group with a must-win affair against Collin Benjamin's side.
It'll be interesting to see how this encounter turns out to be on Sunday night. Here are our three predictions for the match!
Prediction 1: South Africa to win
Hugo Broos' men know the big task ahead of them as their chances of qualification solely rests with a win against Namibia. South Africa come into the fixture as favourites to win and for good reason; they've emerged victorious in six of their previous ten matches against their opponents. Even though their last three meetings have ended in stalemates, we still back Bafana Bafana to take all the points here.
Prediction 2: South Africa to score first
South Africa may have lost their opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Ivory Coast, but their loss was not because of failure to create chances. That said, we believe the team will create goal scoring chances against Benjamin's side and this time, they will correct their mistakes and get goals. With this in mind, we strongly fancy them to open the scoring on Sunday night because this will greatly cushion their chances at qualification.
Prediction 3: Both teams to find the back of the net
Clashes between these sides have been keenly contested in recent times. It may interest you to know that three of their recent five meetings have produced goals at both ends; and with so much at stake here, we anticipate both teams will come out against each to get goals, creating a potential both teams scoring affair at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium.
Where to watch South Africa vs Namibia live
Football fans in South Africa will be able to catch Bafana Bafana live in action on SuperSport, SABC 1, and StarTimes Sports Premium. On the other hand, fans in Namibia should tune into SuperSports or Canal+ CAN for live coverage of this all-important game.
This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago