Sports Mole previews Sunday’s COSAFA Cup clash between Zimbabwe and Namibia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe are still in search of their first victory of the tournament after being held to back-to-back stalemates.
Namibia defied the odds in their opening COSAFA Cup fixture on Wednesday when they claimed a 2-1 victory over Senegal.
Ricardo Mannetti‘s men took the lead in the 13th minute through Marcel Papama, but they were pegged back moments later by Albert Diene, before Elmo Kambindu struck five minutes into the second period to decide the contest.
Despite having played just one game, the Brave Warriors lead the way in Group A at the moment albeit only on goal difference.
Awaiting them next is a Zimbabwe side who they have beaten three times in a row, one of which was a group-stage meeting in this competition six years ago.
Zimbabwe showed great powers of recovery to come from two goals down and force a 2-2 draw in their clash versus Malawi on Friday.
Having picked up two points from as many games, the Warriors remain third in Group B with a lot to still left to play for.
No team has won the COSAFA Cup on more occasions than Zimbabwe who are gunning for a seventh title overall in South Africa.
However, their start to the tournament has been far from ideal and an improvement is needed if they are to go all the way once again.
Zimbabwe COSAFA Cup form:
Zimbabwe form (all competitions):
Namibia COSAFA Cup form:
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Zimbabwe’s Farau Matare was a half-time substitute against Malawi, but he could be reinstated into the starting XI for this one.
Ovidy Karuru‘s frustration in front of goal continues as the 2017 top scorer is yet to open his account at this year’s event.
In what was only his fourth outing for Namibia, Elmo Kambindu netted his second goal as he continues to impress for his nation.
Zimbabwe possible starting lineup:
Arubi; Amini, Mavhurume, Dzingai, Mucheto; Band, Sarupinda, Tavengwa, Nyahwa; Matare, Karuru
Namibia possible starting lineup:
Kazapua; Petrus, Gebhardt, Haoseb, Kamberipa; Handura, Katjiteo, Papama; Limbondi, Kambindu, Stephanus
We say: Zimbabwe 2-1 Namibia
Namibia punched considerably above their weight against Senegal which should give them confidence heading into another meeting with one of the tournament favourites. However, Zimbabwe came into their own in the final knockings of their last game and we expect them to carry that form into Sunday’s game and claim all three points.