South Africa vs Namibia : South Africa find themselves in the awkward position of a first round exit at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. They are strong favourites to beat Namibia, but they have already learned that you should never count on history to determine your future.
== MATCH INFO ==
Africa Cup of Nations 2019
Team : South Africa vs Namibia
Date : Friday, June 28
Start Time : 4:00 Pm Et
Beaten by Ivory Coast in their opening clash at the continental showpiece – a team they had never lost against before – there’s not much fate written into the stat that Namibia is the only side against whom South Africa’s only 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hat-trick came.
Both sides fell to 1-0 defeats in their opening Group D match and know that nothing but a victory will do if they want to reach the knockout stages.
South Africa lost their Africa Cup of Nations opener to Ivory Coast and forward Sibusiso Vilakazi knows they must improve for a crucial clash with Namibia.
Bafana Bafana were outplayed despite the narrow nature of their 1-0 defeat to a Jonathan Kodjia goal, leaving the side pointless as they take on opponents who themselves were beaten 1-0 by Morocco.
And Vilakazi acknowledged South Africa have already reached “must-win” status at such an early stage of this year’s tournament.
The East African derby delivered one of the most entertaining matches of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to date. Kenya and Tanzania clashed in a whirlwind match which included comedy goalkeeping, overhead kicks and epic celebrations from Tanzania.
In the other matches on Thursday, Madagascar beat Burundi to go within inches of qualifying for the last 16.
Algeria, meanwhile, secured their spot in the knock-outs with a win over Senegal. It was a tetchy affair, and a miserable night out for title hopefuls, The Teranga Lions
South Africa and Namibia will face each other on Friday, when the countries will play their second games in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 tournament.