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Nyambe out to make history

Rovers right-back will hope to help Namibia record first AFCON victory

1 July 2019

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Ryan Nyambe will hope Namibia can end their Africa Cup of Nations campaign on a high when they take on Ivory Coast later today (kick-off 5pm).

The Rovers right-back has played the full 90 minutes in central defence in Namibia’s opening two group games, which have seen the Brave Warriors slip to 1-0 defeats to both Morocco and South Africa.

Ivory Coast currently sit second in Group D, having started their tournament with a 1-0 victory over South Africa, being losing 1-0 to Morocco on Friday night.

Nyambe will have to keep the likes of Jonathan Kodjia, Jean Michael Seri and Max Gradel quiet if his country are to record an historic win, which could still see them progress to the knockout phase.

The Brave Warriors will advance to the next round if they secure victory over Ivory Coast and other results go their way.

Namibia have qualified for the finals for a third time, but are still looking for their first tournament victory, having ended the 1998 and 2008 competitions without a win.

Meanwhile, Jayson Leutwiler’s involvement at the CONCACAF Gold Cup is over after Canada lost 3-2 to Haiti in a dramatic quarter-final at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The Rovers goalkeeper was once again an unused substitute as The Reds threw away a two-goal lead in the second half, as they missed out on a place in the last four.

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