South Africa secured their first points in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with a dominant display against Namibia, triumphing 4-0 in a match where Themba Zwane shone with a brace in the opening half. Percy Tau, who missed a penalty in their previous defeat, initiated the scoring with an early spot-kick.
Tau’s shot at redemption came when Riaan Hanamub handled a cross from Thapelo Morena, leading to a VAR-backed penalty decision. Morena showcased a captivating run down the right, delivering a precise ball for Zwane to fire home, doubling the lead. Zwane continued his stellar performance, adding a second with a composed finish from close range.
Substitute Thapelo Maseko extended the lead to four, capitalising on a handling error by Namibian goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua. Both teams, South Africa and Namibia, have secured a spot in the last 16, pending their deciding matches on Wednesday. South Africa will face Tunisia, while Namibia takes on Mali, with automatic progression or a chance to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams at stake.
South Africa’s attacking prowess in the first half overwhelmed Namibia, with Morena’s efforts and Sphephelo Sithole’s missed header contributing to the dazzling performance. Namibia started on the attack, but Prins Tjiueza’s early attempt was saved by Ronwen Williams. Despite Absalom Limbondi having an opportunity, South Africa’s defence held firm.
The second half saw a slower pace as South Africa comfortably defended their lead against Namibia, lacking a cutting edge. The 4-0 victory marked the largest win in South Africa’s Afcon history and the widest margin of victory in the 2023 tournament. This commanding performance by Hugo Broos’ team echoes their determination to make an impact in the quest for the Africa Cup of Nations title.