Brave Warriors hitman Henrico Botes comes face to face with his best friend and club mate Robert Ng’ambi next week, when Namibia faces the Flames of Malawi in a 2014 world cup qualifier.
Ng’ambi is the captain of South African outfit Platinum Stars where Botes is the current club top goal scorer with seven goals, the PSL’s fifth top goal scorer.
But that relationship will come to a standstill in Windhoek when the duo clash for their motherland.
The Brave Warriors are currently second on the log with 3 points in group F which also has newly crowned African champions Nigeria and Kenya.
Malawi is third with two points having drawn with Nigeria and Kenya.
Ng’ambi is a midfield general who boast of 40 international caps while Botes has found the international net four times in 18 outings.
Malawi comes into this match ranked 113 in the world whereas Namibia is ranked slightly lower on 123.
The two teams have in total played 11 times against each other with Namibia winning 8 of the matches, Malawi only won twice against Namibia, and both victories were in Windhoek. There has been one draw.
Namibia has scored 19 goals against Malawi in all tournaments since 1997 whereas Malawi has managed to score 12 goals with the biggest score line being 4-1 in favor of Namibia in a Cosafa senior challenge cup in 1997.
Namibia’s biggest loss to a southern African country was against Malawi in 2008, when the Brave Warriors succumbed to a 3-1 loss at Independence Stadium, a result which led to the firing of then Dutch coach Arie Schans.
Namibia again lost at home 2-1 in February 2011, although the Brave Warriors managed to win their last match with the Flames, a solitary goal by Tangeni Shipahu, on neutral ground in South Africa in July 2011.
It is now up to Botes and his club mate; Ng’ambi to decide which of the two southern African lightweights will emerge victorious and be in contention for a ticket to the knockout rounds of the Brazil World Cup qualifiers.