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AFCON 2023: Namibia shocks Tunisia to grab first ever AFCON win

by Lesley Ngwa
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Namibia’s Deon Hotto scores in the 88th minute, securing a historic 1#0 victory over Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire.

Deon Hotto scored on 88th minute of play to give Namibia a shock 1#0 win over former champions Tunisia on Tuesday in Korhogo as Group E kicked off in the Africa Cup of Nations.

It was the first victory for the Brave Warriors in the competition after two draws and seven losses since they debuted in 1998.

Deon Hotto, raced forward to powerfully head a Bethuel Muzeu cross past goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said.

Hotto had the ball in the net again in added time, but the goal was ruled out by a marginal offside decision.

Before the dramatic finish, Tunisia had more possession but Namibia had more goal attempts and more shots on target.

Tunisia came close to scoring after just four minutes when a header from experienced forward Taha Yassine Khenissi was parried to safety by goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua.

Peter Shalulile had a snapshot saved by Ben Said soon after.

Having concentrated on defending in the early stages, Namibia gradually became more offensive against the 2004 African champions.

There was a dramatic start to the second half at the 20,000-capacity Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly as Msakni came agonisingly close to putting the Carthage Eagles in front.

His near-post header off a corner was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Kazapua.

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