Benjamin optimistic about Mali clash

OPTIMISTIC … Brave Warriors coach Collin Benjamin is optimistic about a victory against Mali on Wednesday. Photo: Contributed

Brave Warriors coach Collin Benjamin is looking at redeeming his side against Mali tomorrow following their bitter loss against South Africa on Sunday.

Namibia have travelled to San Pedro, where they will have their final group match against the physically dominant Mali.

The Brave Warriors are third in group E on three points, while Mali are slightly comfortable in the lead with four points.

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana is seated second, also on three points, while Tunisia is bottom-rocked on a single point.

During the post-match press conference, Benjamin expressed the team’s determination to progress beyond the group stage, despite the shocking 4-0 beating.

Looking ahead, Benjamin emphasised the importance of maintaining the right mindset and approaching the next assignment against Mali with pride and determination.

“There is hope and the team is alive. It is our job to get them in the right frame of mind for the Malian clash.”

Namibia have hit the ground running with intense preparation for the Malian game tomorrow in which they are looking at upsetting yet another African giant in their quest for the knockout stage qualification.

Countries that have already qualified are Cape Verde, defending champion Senegal, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

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