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Namibia/Mali: Namibia’s Superb Run Continues

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THE Courageous Warriors’ class of 2024 continued to rewrite the script and astound critics as they turned the primary Namibian group in historical past to succeed in the knockout phases of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after holding Mali to a goalless attract San Pedro on Wednesday night.

Mali, one of many thoroughbred groups on the African continent with a powerful historical past at Afcon, as soon as once more began as heavy favourites, and in reality, had already certified for the knockout phases, however Namibia rose to the event with a spirited and never-say-die show.

Optimistically, Namibia, may even have gained the match, as Prins Tjiueza’s shot within the fifteenth minute hit the put up, whereas Peter Shalulile’s effort from the rebound was saved.

Extra probabilities had been created, because the Warriors went toe-to-toe with Mali, who additionally had their alternatives, however in the long run the 2 nations battled it out to an enthralling goalless draw.

It was wonderful, it was historic, achieved by a group that had as soon as once more defied the chances, and on the put up match press convention coach Collin Benjamin once more paid tribute to his gamers’ resilience and psychological power.

“At this second I am simply proud to be Namibian, I am pleased with these gamers, of their mentality, their character, their starvation and it was simply large what occurred right this moment.

“Only a few days in the past, we misplaced a sport and for a group that misplaced 4-0 to bounce again after which obtain this, that’s actually historic, in opposition to a prime, prime group in Africa, I believe we are able to simply discuss character and the mentality of those boys,” he added.

“We created probabilities, it was harmful for Mali, it was not straightforward and I believe expectantly, we may have taken the lead, however subsequently it was defence, sure, in addition they had one or two probabilities, however I believe it was actually an excellent sport and I believe for the spectators it was not a uninteresting 0-0 draw, I believe everyone was on their toes and that’s what soccer is about – feelings,” he mentioned.

Benjamin mentioned Namibia’s qualification for the second spherical was historic, whereas it additionally gave renewed hope for the nation.

“Namibia all the time will get beatings – politically, economically and in numerous completely different spheres of our nation, so if the Courageous Warriors, our soccer group, can deliver folks collectively, like they did over the previous two weeks, it simply reveals the facility of sport.

“It additionally reveals that as a rustic, sport unites us and I can inform you, proper now, everyone in Namibia has to go to work tomorrow, however they’re pleased, and each child, whether or not it is a boy or a lady, is aware of that I am allowed to dream, it will probably come true, however I’ve to work for it – it is not going to be given to you want that. If they are saying run 10km, you run 12km, that’s the message that this group gave to each Namibian tonight.”