Namibia knocked out, South Africa still hopeful in AFCON

Eddie Marcos Melo Afonso of Angola challenges Riaan Welwin Hanamub of Namibia during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Angola and Namibia held at Peace Stadium in Bouake, Cote dIvoire on 27 January 2024 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

Namibia have been knocked out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after facing a defeat against Angola in the Round of 16 on Saturday evening.

AmaZulu FC’s Riaan Hanamub was a pivotal part of Namibia’s squad and was fortunate to make it out of the group stages of the competition with his nation.

Bafana Bafana are still very much in the competition as they gear up for their own Round of 16 clash against the mighty Morocco. Veli Mothwa is part of South Africa’s squad representing the nation at the continental showpiece.

Bafana head coach Hugo Broos is hopeful that the team will qualify for the next round, stating that beating Morocco will open up the path to the final and giving the country a chance to possibly win the tournament.

“So we know that if we can [beat Morocco] we take a big step towards what we all wanted — playing in the final and maybe winning it,” he said ahead of the fixture set to be played on Tuesday evening.

Morocco had a historical 2022 World Cup campaign when they made it all the way to the semi-final of the international showpiece. They became the first African country to make it that far in the World Cup.

Morocco’s head coach Walid Regragui has highlighted that the priority is now winning the Cup of Nations, after having an impressive World Cup campaign in Qatar.