AFCON 2023: Namibia stuns Tunisia in historic victory
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AFCON 2023: Namibia stuns Tunisia in historic victory
By Mangek Promise

In a historic turn of events at the Africa Cup of Nations, Namibia stunned Tunisia with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a last-minute goal by winger Deon Hotto.

The match took place at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, with Namibia displaying a higher level of ambition and superior opportunities, despite being 87 places below Tunisia in the FIFA world rankings.

Underdogs Triumph

Namibia’s performance suggested a more significant margin of victory was deserved, only marred by poor decision-making. Their captain, Peter Shalulile, was kept at bay by Tunisia’s goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said who made several critical saves throughout the game.

The tension rose when Hotto missed a first-half opportunity and had a free kick saved, but ultimately, he proved to be the game-changer by scoring the decisive goal near the end.

Tunisia’s Unexpected Setback

Tunisia, the top seed in Group E and 28th in global rankings, displayed nerves and a lack of cohesion, leading to a performance that fell short of expectations.

This outcome continues the trend of unexpected results at the tournament, with other favorites like Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, and Nigeria also facing setbacks in their opening games. Tunisia’s captain, Msakni, made a record-tying eighth appearance in the tournament.

Looking Forward

Following this monumental match, Mali and South Africa are set to play in the same venue for the next game in Group E. The triumph of the underdog, Namibia, has not only marked a historic victory for the team but has also thrown the group wide open, setting the stage for more thrilling matches to come in the Africa Cup of Nations.