AFCON 2023: Namibia Coach Collin Benjamin Discloses Why Brave Warriors Lost to Bafana Bafana, Video

AFCON 2023: Namibia Coach Collin Benjamin Discloses Why Brave Warriors Lost to Bafana Bafana, Video

Raphael Abiola
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Collin Benjamin has explained why the Namibian national team lost to South Africa on Sunday
  • The Brave Warriors were thrashed 4-0 by Bafana Bafana at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium
  • Namibia's last group-stage tie will be against Group E leaders, Mali on Wednesday, January 24

Namibia manager, Collin Benjamin has explained why the Brave Warriors lost to South Africa in their second game at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana Bafana thrashed the Brave Warriors 4-0 at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Sunday, January 21.

A goal from veteran, Percy Tau and a brace from Mamelodi Sundowns star, Themba Zwane gave South Africa a three-goal lead in the first 45 minutes before a lone goal from Thapelo Maseko made it a deserved 4-0 win for the 1996 African champions.

Namibia coach, Collin Benjamin looks on during the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Group E football match against South Africa.
Namibia coach, Collin Benjamin looks on during the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Group E football match against South Africa. Photo: Fadel Senna.
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During an interview after the game, Nambia coach, Benjamin lamented that his team was not good at changes in play, which contributed to their defeat against Hugo Broos' side, according to a report by FARPost:

"Our transitions were not so good; second balls also, we could not manage that," he said. "We were afoot late on the second balls, so the transitions were the ones that killed us after that."

However, the Brave Warriors boss believes there is a lesson to be learned for the team.

"I suppose it always happens at the right time because we still have a game against Mali."

Benjamin also shared his thoughts about the first-half penalty awarded to South Africa.

"I think it was a bit unnecessary. It was not meant to happen. If you see a penalty like that in the 12th minute, I think we really did not recover after that," he added.

Traore backs Bafana Bafana at AFCON

Sports Brief earlier reported on Real Sociedad defender, Hamari Traore backing Bafana to do well at AFCON 2023 despite Mali's 2-0 win over them.

South Africa qualified from the group stages of the 2019 edition of AFCON in Egypt, where they reached the quarter-finals but lost to rivals, Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana will conclude their Group E matches with a game against 2004 African champions, Tunisia, needing to only avoid losing to go through.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.