Amonome and Hanamub’s AFCON dream alive

Riaan Hanamub of AmaZulu FC

Three AmaZulu FC players were on national duty during the recent FIFA international week just after the 2022-23 season reached its climax.

Riaan Hanamub was in action for Namibia against Burundi in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier which took place in Tanzania on June 20.

The left-back played 30 minutes as Burundi emerged as 3-2 winners in an entertaining encounter, but Namibia remain at the top of Group C standings.

Namibia will have to wait for the outcome of September’s match between Cameroon and Burundi to find out whether they have qualified for the AFCON finals or not.

Meanwhile, Jean-Noel Amonome played the entire match for Gabon as the Panthers succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to DR Congo in Franceville on June 18.

The Panthers will qualify for the AFCON finals if they defeat Mauritania away in their final Group I game in September.

Lastly, goalkeeper Veli Mothwa was unused substituted as South Africa secured a 2-1 win over Africa’s top-ranked side, Morocco in a Group K clash on June 17.

It was a battle between two teams that have already qualified for the AFCON finals at the iconic FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.