Congratulatory messages flooded Namibian social media on Tuesday evening after the Brave Warriors recorded their first win in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), beating Tunisia 1-0 in their group E encounter.
President Hage Geingob took to X to applaud Collin Benjamin’s squad for their victory in Korhogo, Ivory Coast.
“There are no ‘small teams’ playing in this tournament. First-class soccer on display from a first-class team. I am the happiest Namibian today!” Geingob posted.
Namibians on X jokingly tagged the president, asking him to give the country a public holiday.
This comes after Geingob hinted at adding to the list of public holidays on the Namibian calendar if the game yielded a positive result.
Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani encouraged the team to keep their heads in the game.
“Well done, Brave Warriors, we must indeed defy the odds. We are the Bravest, let’s show them!!” he posted on X.
The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters said the win contributes to nation building.
“The national football team’s success not only lifts the spirits of every citizen, but also hoists the flag of our beloved nation higher on the international stage.
“This stellar performance serves as a reminder that sports have the unique ability to foster national pride and solidarity,” a statement released by the party read.
British high commissioner to Namibia Charles Moore equally lauded the men’s national team, posting that they played a brilliant game.
Namibia sit on top of group E on three points, but await South Africa and Mali, who will also play on Tuesday evening, to see how the group ends.
The Brave Warriors will play against Bafana Bafana on Sunday in a much-anticipated match.
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