Namibia coach Collin Benjamin has described their historic 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations victory against Tunisia as extra special since “no one gave us a chance.”
The Brave Warriors produced one of the all-time AFCON shocks by defeating the 2004 champions in Tuesday’s Group E opener. In a cagey first half of a few chances, both sides lacked sharpness before Brave Warriors’ late thunderbolt stole the points.
The Carthage Eagles dominated possession but struggled to penetrate a resolute Namibian backline marshalled by Ivan Kamberipa and in the 89th minute Deon Hotto latched onto a long ball over the top and outpaced the defence before coolly slotting past Bechir Ben Said.
“It’s an ecstatic feeling that I can’t describe. I am proud to be Namibian and be a coach of these players. We were never really given a chance. We are just happy that we could go on the field and play a good match and win. I can only imagine what is happening in the streets of Namibia right now. This victory is dedicated to them,” said Benjamin.
The former national team captain also cautioned that there was still a lot of work to be done and that tomorrow would be a completely new day. “Tonight, of course, we celebrate but tomorrow it is back to normal. Back to grinding and working hard as a team and for our people back home.”
The Brave Warriors will next come up against Mali, who defeated South Africa 2-0 in their opener also on Tuesday.