Namibia achieved a historic upset in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, securing their first-ever tournament win with a stunning 1-0 victory over Tunisia. Deon Hotto became the hero with an 88th-minute header, taking advantage of a brilliant cross from Bethuel Muzeu. This result marks a significant milestone for Namibia, who are now positioned second in Group E after Mali’s 2-0 win over South Africa.
The underdogs, ranked 115th globally and without a previous Afcon victory, outplayed Tunisia throughout the match. Namibia’s Peter Shalulile had an early effort cleared off the line, setting the tone for a first half dominated by the underdogs. Despite Tunisia’s attempts in the second half, including Youssef Msakni’s close-range header saved by goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua, Namibia held their ground.
The decisive moment came when Hotto capitalized on Muzeu’s precise cross, securing the historic win in the 88th minute. This victory positions Namibia well in the group but with tough matches against Mali and South Africa still ahead.
In other Afcon results, Burkina Faso secured a 1-0 victory over Mauritania with a late penalty from Bertrand Traore, putting them at the top of Group D after the 1-1 draw between Algeria and Angola. Mali recorded a 2-0 win over South Africa. The 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast has been marked by surprises, with favorites like Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Algeria all failing to win in their opening matches.