As the Namibian national team squad of 17 players under the head coach Ricardo Mannetti goes into camp in Pretoria on Monday, the battle for the extra spots in the squad is heating up.

The Brave Warriors B-team shocked Mozambique in Group B’s opening game beating them 2-1 at the COSAFA Cup at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Sunday.

Namibian attacker Absalom Iimbondi was a thorn in the flesh to the Black Mambas and he’s one of the players who could be going to the AFCON.

Colin Benjamin is the second assistant to Mannetti and says the places are still up for grabs in the AFCON squad.

Led by Cape Town City utility defender, the Black Mambas were in control of the game from the early stages and with a fairly experienced side they should have wrapped up this game in the first half. Mozambique head coach Abel Xavier looks back at this result.

Only the group winners will proceed to the last eight and Group B winners will meet Zambia who will be entering in the quarterfinals.

Namibia and Mozambique had also met during the AFCON qualifiers with the Brave Warriors recording back to back wins which helped them to secure qualification to Egypt.

Benjamin says coming to this game, they had covered all their bases.

In the second game, Malawi easily swept aside Seychelles 3-0 and The Flames head coach Meck Mwase says credit should also go to the man of the match and Bidvest Wits striker Gabadinho Mhango who scored a goal and provided an assist.

Mwase the experience of Mhango and other senior players in the team, helped the youngsters to settle. – Report by Velile Mnyandu