Brave Warriors fail to impress at AFCON

Brave Warriors fail to impress at AFCON
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Namibia’s National team -the Brave Warriors- crashed out of the 2019 African Cup of Nations after losing to Ivory Coast by four goals to one on Monday night.
Max-Alain Gradel, Die Serey, Wilfried Zaha and Maxwel Cornet scored for the Ivorian side, while Joslin Kamatuka got the only goal for the Namibians.
The defeat was the third for the Warriors in three games played at the competition and as a result, they were kicked out without registering a single point in group D.
Namibia managed to score only one goal and conceded six during the 2019 African Cup of Nations, as they finished bottom of their group.
This was the third time that Namibia qualified for the biggest football competition on the continent, but their record this year was worse compared to the other two occasions.
In both the 1998 and 2008 tournaments the Brave Warriors collected at least one point as they drew in one of the three games played.
This year Namibia narrowly lost to Morocco with Itamunua Keimuine’s own goal, before they were beaten by South Africa’s Bongani Zungu only goal in their second match.
The Brave Warriors’ performance in the three AFCON games was – at time – keeping fans hopeful, but ultimately the team failed to turn their good showing into positives results.
The next question revolves around what the future holds for Namibia; starting with Brave Warriors Coach Ricardo Mannetti’s contract that will expire after the tournament.
Will he eventually be given a new contract or will the Brave Warriors see a new coach at the helm?
Normalization committee Chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo said earlier this year that Mannetti’s contract issues will be resolved after the tournament.
The Warriors might also look for a new captain as it has been an open secret that Ronald Ketjijere will retire after the competition.
All this must be resolved with immediate effect, before the Namibians play in the African Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Comoros Island on the 26th of July 2019.