13 Apr 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) The Namibia senior national football team, the Brave Warriors, were given a tough draw for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as they were placed in Group D with neighbours South Africa, Ivory Coast and Morocco.
The draw, conducted in Giza, Egypt on Friday night and screened on SuperSport, saw Namibia being drawn into what has been termed the Group of Death with three African football powerhouses who are all previous winners of the competition.
This is only the third time Namibia qualified for the AFCON tournament, following their exploits in 1998 and 2008.
Ivory Coast have won the tournament twice, while Morocco and South Africa both won it once.
At the finals in 1998, Namibia faced both South Africa and Ivory Coast, suffering a 4-1 drubbing by the Benni McCarthy-inspired South Africa before losing narrowly by 4-3 to Ivory Coast.
For the group stages, Namibia will be based in Cairo where they will use the Al Islam and 30 June stadiums for their group stages.
The opening match of the tournament will see the host Egypt face Zimbabwe on 21 June at the Cairo International Stadium at 22h00 local time.
Namibia will open their account against Morocco on 23 June at the Al Islam Stadium at 16h30 before facing South Africa at the same venue on 28 June at 22h00.
They will then conclude their final group stage match by facing Ivory Coast at the 30 June Stadium at 18h00 on 01 July.
The top two teams in the group will qualify for the last 16.
The tournament will run from 21 June until 19 July with a total of 52 matches taking place across four cities in Egypt.
This will be the 32nd edition of the tournament which has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
At least six venues are expected to be used for the tournament which was supposed to be hosted by Cameroon, but was withdrawn from the West Africans because the preparations were behind schedule.