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Namibia, Congo Eye Maiden World Cup Qualification

Namibia and Congo will meet in a CAF second round 2022 World Cup qualifying match at Orlando Stadium in South Africa on Wednesday afternoon; kick-off 16h00 GMT.

The match will take place in South Africa as Namibia don’t currently have a stadium that fulfills the required standards to host international matches.

Namibia has never been into the global showpiece event, but are set to face stiff competition in their pool, especially from a DR Congo team determined to end their long absence from the tournament.

But before the Brave Warriors can worry about the threat of the Leopards, they must tackle a Red Devils side which comes into the match full of confidence.

Namibia players lead by the likes of Peter Shalulile, Deon Hotto, Wangu Gome, Ananias Gebhardt, Willy Stephanus and Virgil Vries are all in bouyant mood.

The Brace Warriors coach Bobby Samaria is also confident of going past the central Africans and believes he has a stronger team.

“We have work to do and we are down to it. The players know their roles and its all about doing our best for our country and most of the professionals are joining us as well,” said Samaria.

Under Samaria leadership, the Brave Warriors qualified for the Chan finals in Cameroon, but were knocked out during the group stages of the 2022 African Cup of Nations and the Cosafa Cup.

Namibia go into the match ranked at 107 position worldwide and can expect a tough experience in a group that also have Senegal and Togo.

Meanwhile, Congo also has never qualified for World Cup and they will be hoping to make history by reaching 2022 World Cup finals.

The Red Devils were last in action June where they played against Niger in an international friendly which they won 1-0.

Bivec Mousitti, Gut Mbenza, Gauis Makouta and Baron Kibamba are part of Congo’s galaxy of stars expected to shine against Brave Warriors.

Namibia and Congo have met in four previous matches across all competitions and friendlies dating back to their first clash in 1998. The Red Devils have claimed three wins compared to one for the Brave Warriors.

The Brave Warriors next play Togo on 5 September and the fast-tracked qualifiers due to Covid-19 will resume again in October as the Brave Warriors visit group favorites Senegal, on 6 October

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