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Namibian football has been going through a
difficult time over the last years, slipping from the heady heights attained in
1997 and 1999 when they were Cosafa Castle Cup runners-up, and in 1998 when
they shocked African football by reaching the African Nations Cup finals in
But in 2008 they broke a run of seven first
round exits in the Cosafa Castle Cup when they lost to Zimbabwe, Mauritius,
Swaziland, Angola and Botswana three times as they progressed to the
quarterfinals before losing out to a South African Presidents XI.
They also managed to claim their first away
win in the competition in 2007 when they beat Lesotho to third place in the
group stages in Gaborone. They followed that up in 2008 with away wins against
the Comoros Islands and Malawi as the tournament moved to South Africa.
The Brave Warriors were the surprise
package of the 1997 edition, finishing second to winners Zambia and in 1998
caused a major upset by knocking out World Cup finalists South Africa at the
preliminary round stage.
In 1999, they were again in the final, and
narrowly lost to Angola in extra-time in the second leg in Windhoek.
Their last showing in Zimbabwe in 2009 ended with a quarterfinal exit at the
hands of eventual finalists Zambia.