B/Warriors struggle for goals, remains in 2nd place

With Namibia having only scored two goals since the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), scoring goals has proven difficult for the Brave Warriors.

Their awful form in front of goals continued in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Group H, with Namibia only scoring one goal from two matches, a 1-all draw against Liberia.

Despite not scoring goals, another area of concern is their backline that has conceded eight goals since the AFCON,  a 4-0 hammering against neighbours South Africa in the AFCON group match, a 3-0 loss to Angola in the round of 16 AFCON match, before a hard fought 1-1 against Liberia, however in that run, they have managed to keep three clean sheets, 1-0 win against Tunisia at the AFCON, a goalless draw against Mali also a group match at the AFCON and Sunday’s (June 9) 0-0 against Tunisia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match.

One of the reasons the Brave Warriors have been struggling to score or keep clean sheets is the lack of international friendly matches, which are usually ideal for any coach to find a balanced team before any competitive match, in particular, the World Cup Qualifiers or the AFCON Qualifiers set to take place later this year.

The Brave Warriors remain in contention for the 2026 FIFA World Cup as they still occupy second place in Group H with eight points. This group is spearheaded by Tunisia, which has 10 points; Liberia, which is in third place with seven points; Malawi, which is in fourth place with six points; Equatorial Guinea, which is in fifth position with three points; and the bottom-of-the-table team Sao Tome Principle, which has no points.

The Brave Warriors have played their last two 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers without their talisman and captain Peter Shalulile, who is currently out injured due to injuries and its talented playmaker Prins Tjiueza, who has been out of action since the Angola game at the AFCON.

The group winners of each group in the World Cup Qualifiers will automatically make it to the global showpiece, while the best runners-up in various groups will be playing in the play-offs tournament to determine the extra teams from Africa that will join the other fellow Africans, with continent given nine spots, unlike in the past with only five spots.

The Brave Warriors still have to play Tunisia away, Liberia away, Equatorial Guinea at home, Sao Tome and Principle at home and Malawi home and away, with all the matches set for next year.

Their next World Cup Qualifier will be against Malawi on March 17, away from home, before they host Equatorial Guinea on March 24, at home.

Their other FIFA World Cup Qualifiers assignments will be against Malawi on September 1 at home before they welcome Sao Tome and Principle on September 8, 2025. They will then finish the campaign against Liberia on October 06 away and Tunisia on October 13, 2025.

The Brave Warriors’ coach, Collin Benjamin, has applauded his team’s efforts against Tunisia on Sunday (June 09), which resulted in a 0-0 draw.

“Firstly I want to make it clear that there is a hunger, fighting spirit the willingness to close the spaces, that really impresses me and showed us that we are on a good way . We could create our chances through these transitions we are hungry as we could press them,” said Benjamin.