NAMIBIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
President Frans Mbidi
P.O. Box 1345
Affiliated to FIFA 1992
Affiliated to CAF 1992
Honours 2015 COSAFA Castle Cup champions
Namibia upset the formbook to qualify for the 2008 African Nations Cup finals, the second time the ‘Brave Warriors’ have managed to find themselves among the continent’s elite at its most prestigious tournament. Times have been tougher since, with a major rebuilding of the national team under way. The team is led by coach Ricardo Mannetti, a former national team player and someone who spent most of his career playing in South Africa.
NAMIBIA COSAFA CASTLE CUP HISTORY
Namibian football had been going through a difficult time over the last years, slipping from the heady heights attained in 1997 and 1999 when they were COSAFA Castle Cup runners-up, and in 1998 and 2008 when they shocked African football by reaching the African Nations Cup finals.
But in 2008 they broke a run of seven first round exits in the COSAFA Castle 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 had hoped to win back-to-back titles in 2016, but lost in the quarterfinals to Botswana on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
They did, however, go on to claim the Plate competition as they defeated Zambia 1-0 in the final.
COSAFA CASTLE CUP RESULT RECORD
|16-3-97||Windhoek||ZIMBABWE||2-1||Hindjou (2 pens)|
|28-6-97||Windhoek||MALAWI||4-1||Uri Khob, de Gouveia, Hindjou, Shivute|
|25-1-98||Windhoek||SOUTH AFRICA||3-2||Goagoseb, Tjihero, Auchumeb|
|19-4-98||Harare||ZIMBABWE||2-5||Uri Khob, Khaiseb|
|23-7-06||Windhoek||MALAWI||3-2||Isaak, Bester, Botes (pen)|
|29-07-07||Gaborone||LESOTHO||3-2||Katupose, Brendell 2|
|20-07-08||Secunda||COMOROS||3-0||Kaimbi, Q Jacobs 2|
|26-07-08||Witbank||SA PRES XI||0-1|
|8-7-13||Lusaka||SEYCHELLES||4-2||Urikhob, Gebhardt 2, Tjiueza|
|21-5-15||Moruleng||ZIMBABWE||4-1||Katjiukua, Hotto 2, Urikhob|
|28-5-15||Moruleng||MADAGASCAR||3-2||Shilongo 2, Shalulile|
|21-6-16||Windhoek||MOZAMBIQUE||3-0||Keimuine, Hotto, Somaeb|