Namibia have only been a member of FIFA for the last two decades, and in that time they have struggled in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup™. Despite twice reaching the African championship in that time, the Brave Warriors have yet to push the continent’s glamour sides in the preliminary stage of the world’s showpiece event. In fact, in over 30 qualifying matches since the run-up to USA 94, the southern African side have won just five times before the start of Brazil 2014. They opened and ended the preliminaries for South Africa 2010 well with a late 2-1 victory over Kenya to start and a 4-2 thumping of Zimbabwe to close, but the four losses in between were enough to eliminate them.
The current crop
The Brave Warriors have shown flashes of promise and counter-attacking zeal that will see them enter the Brazil 2014 fray with little to lose and much to gain. They could prove an especially tricky opponent at home in Windhoek.
The key players
Long-time internationals Oliver Risser and Collin Benjamin remain key leadership figures for the team and look to keep a tight ship at the back. South Africa-based Rudolf Bester is the most regular scorer for the side up front.