Windhoek - SADC chairperson Dr Hage Geingob has thrown his support behind member states competing at the on-going 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
SADC has seven members -- Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Angola and Zimbabwe -- competing at this year’s AFCON. These seven countries have, however, found the going tough in their first opening matches with only Angola and Madagascar managing to record draws against Tunisia and Guinea, respectively.
Zimbabwe lost 1-0 in their opening match against hosts Egypt, while Namibia lost by the same score line against Morocco. South Africa also lost by a solitary goal against Ivory Coast while DRC were surprisingly and convincingly defeated by Uganda 2-0. Tanzania were defeated 2-0 by tournament favourites, Senegal.
Second round of matches started this week, with the region hoping for an improvement from the boys in Egypt. Despite poor showing in the first round, Geingob extended wishes to the Brave Warriors and expressed support to all SADC teams.
In a statement released this week, Geingob said Namibia is in Group D, singled out by football analysts as the group of death.
“I wish the players and the coaching staff the best of luck. As sporting ambassadors, conduct on and off the field must be exemplary. Brave Warriors, go out and win. I am extending my support for all SADC teams that have qualified for the 32nd African Cup of Nations,” he said.
On Namibia’s defeat against Morocco, Geingob said, “Brave Warriors, it was a brave performance against Morocco in the opening match of your 2019 African Cup of Nations. Play with the same courage in the next matches. We are proud of you. Well done.”
Namibia is playing against neighbours South Africa in today’s (June 28) match that is likely to end either side’s chances of qualifying to the knock out stages.