Windhoek - The Namibian, South African and Zambian national soccer teams will engage in all-Southern African contests ahead of the resumption of 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
Th South African Football Association this week said Bafana Bafana would take on Namibia and Zambia in the October 7 to 15 FIFA international friendlies window.
which coincides with the FIFA friendlies week.
Namibian Football Association spokesperson Dan Kamati confirmed that they have received the request for a friendly match from their South African counterparts.
“We ... are still processing it and there is interest to play Bafana Bafana in a friendly in preparation for the forthcoming AFCON qualifiers,” Kamati said.
He would not say if international stars would be called up for the tie or if locally based players would represent the Brave Warriors.
International travel remains logistically difficult to plan due to restrictions related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brave Warriors are currently placed third in Group A of the AFCON qualifiers with three points, ahead of matches against Mali and Guinea. The two West African sides are both a point ahead of Namibia.
Bafana Bafana are also sitting in third place in Group C with three points. They are tussling for AFCON qualification with Ghana, who top the group with six points, and South Sudan, who are also on three points but are ahead of South Africa in goal difference. Sao Tome and Principe anchor the group with zero points.
Zambia’s Chipolopolo are at the bottom of Group H, which is led by Algeria’s Desert Foxes on six points, followed by Zimbabwe’s Warriors who have four points, and the Zebras of Botswana on third with three points.
In March, CAF postponed a round of AFCON qualifying matches due to the new coronavirus outbreak after the World Health Organisation declared it a global pandemic.
The qualifiers for the tournament that will be held in Cameroon were scheduled to be played from March 25 to March 31.
A statement from CAF said the 2021 AFCON qualifiers would be completed between November 2020 and March 2021.