Senegal vs Namibia Predictions & Tips - Senegal to win COSAFA Cup opener
- Senegal vs Namibia Predictions, Preview, Tips & Team News
- The COSAFA Cup Group C match is being played at 14.00 BST on Thursday
- Senegal have won their last five matches against Namibia
- I am backing Senegal to continue good run in Port Elizabeth
Senegal will be missing some of their bigger names (Getty Images)
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Senegal are among the top ranked teams in Africa and have a superb record against the Namibians. My best bet is a win to nil in favour of the West Africans.
- Senegal are unbeaten in their last six matches
- Senegal have won four of their last six matches.
- Senegal have kept clean sheets in four of their last five matches against Namibia
- Namibia have lost their last five matches against Senegal
- Namibia have failed to score in three of their last five matches.
Head to Head
Senegal have never lost to Namibia, winning all five previous matches. The most recent meeting was a 2-0 victory during the AFCON qualifiers in 2016.
Senegal are making their first appearance in the COSAFA Cup having been invited as guests in this year’s edition. They have consistently been ranked as one of the best teams in Africa in recent times and are currently on a six-match unbeaten run.
The Teranga Lions have won their last two matches, beating Zambia 3-1 before claiming a 2-0 victory over Cape Verde. They possess a solid defence and have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches.
While Senegal will not be with their top European stars for the COSAFA Cup, the home-based players have shown they can hold their own in regional competitions in recent times. They are the current champions of the WAFU Cup, the West African version of the COSAFA Cup, after beating Ghana in the final of the last edition.
Senegal Squad & Team News
Senegal will not have the big guns like Sadio Mane and Idrisa Gueye for the COSAFA Cup. Instead, the West Africans have gone for a group of young and hungry players from the Senegalese domestic league.
Namibia were winners of the COSAFA Cup in 2015 where they beat Mozambique 2-1 in the final to lift the trophy. They have failed to go beyond the quarter-finals since then and crashed out in the group stage of the 2019 edition.
Their build up to this year’s competition has been erratic having begun 2021 with a 3-0 defeat to Guinea during the African Nations Championship in January. Namibia's struggles stretch all the way back to 2019 as they are winless in seven of their last nine matches.
Namibia Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Loydt Kazapua, Kamaijanda Ndisiro
Defenders: Kennedy Amutenya, Larry Haraeb, Ananias Gebhardt, Immanuel Heita, Denzil Haoseb, Ivan Kamberipa, Emilio Martin, Aprocius Petrus, Charles Hambira
Midfielders: Dynamo Fredericks, Ambrosius Amseb, Wendel Rudath, Absalom Iimbondi, Marcel Papama, Prins Tjiueza, Willy Stephanus, Alfeus Handura, Wesley Katjiteo
Attackers: Elmo Kambindu, Joslin Kamatuka, Isaskar Gurirab, Junior Theophilus, Salomon Omseb.
Namibia are without Peter Shalulile for the COSAFA Cup with the Mamelodi Sundowns striker currently nursing an injury. In his absence, Baroka FC forward Joslin Kamatuka is likely to be the one tasked with leading the line
Regular number one Loydt Kazapua is expected to keep his place in goal while Ananias Gebhardt is likely to feature in defence.
Senegal have a fine record against Namibia and will be feeling confident ahead of Wednesday’s clash. Driven by their solid defence, they should claim the win here.
Best Bet: Senegal win to nil
Correct Score Tip: 2-0
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