NAMIBIA international and Golden Arrows goalkeeper, Maximilian Mbaeva, has sent out a strong warning to Bafana Bafana. This ahead of their African Cup of Nations (Afcon) upcoming encounter.
Riccardo Mannetti’s side, who will be featuring in their fourth Afcon finals, were drawn in Group D alongside Bafana, Ivory Coast and Morocco.
Based on their rankings, the Brave Warriors are seen as the whipping boys in this group. This is their first Afcon finals since 1998 in Burkina Faso.
In all their previous appearances, they have never gone beyond the group stages.
Said Mbaeva: “I’m excited about the draw. This is good experience for us. We’ve also been following in the media that we’re in the Group of Death. We won’t be going there to donate points. As a soccer player, I can’t let myself and my country down.
“I can assure you that we’re up to the challenge. No player goes to the game to lose, everyone plays football to win,” he said.
Bafana get their campaign underway with an opener against the Ivory Coast on 24 June before fixtures against Namibia and Morocco. Having Namibia in the same group with Bafana brings good memories to many Mzansi fans.
During the 1998 Afcon when Jomo Sono’s side lost in the final to the very same Egypt, Benni McCarthy erected himself in the history books of the South African national team.
He become the first and only player to score four goals in 13 minutes against Namibia in the group stages.
– Sunday Sun