Namibia secured a historic place in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages after a goalless draw against Mali, reaching the last 16 for the first time in their history. Collin Benjamin’s Brave Warriors, who had previously clinched their first-ever Afcon victory against Tunisia, progressed as one of the best third-placed teams. They will now face Angola in the knockout round, aiming to continue their impressive campaign.
Despite having limited possession (33%) and just one shot on target in the stalemate against Mali, Namibia’s resolute defense and character ensured their qualification. Manager Collin Benjamin expressed pride in his team’s performance and hunger, emphasizing the significance of the achievement for Namibia.
In contrast, Tanzania’s hopes of emulating Namibia’s success came to an end in a goalless draw against DR Congo. Needing a win to secure a spot in the last 16, Tanzania faced a resilient DR Congo defense. The result meant DR Congo progressed to the knockout stages, finishing second in the group with three draws. They are set to face Egypt in the quarter-finals, while Tanzania exits the tournament.
Namibia’s journey in the knockout stages continues as they face Angola, looking to extend their historic run in the Afcon.