Tunisia vs Namibia LIVE! AFCON result, match stream and latest updates today

Tunisia vs Namibia LIVE! AFCON result, match stream and latest updates today

Tunisia vs Namibia LIVE!

Namibia are celebrating securing their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations victory. The Brave Warriors produced an excellent display to thwart fancied Tunisia in Tuesday night's Group E opener at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo, with the impressive Deon Hotto popping up with a close-range header in the 89th minute to write his name into Namibian football folklore.

Namibia had never previously won an AFCON game on three previous appearances at the finals, drawing two and losing seven of their nine matches on the biggest continental stage, exiting at the groups on each occasion. But now they have real hope of reaching the knockouts for the first time, with South Africa and Mali to come next.

Tunisia certainly created enough chances to secure a positive result on Tuesday, but the Eagles of Carthage could not find a way past inspired goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua to leave head coach Jalel Kadri with plenty of work to do already to rescue this campaign. Follow Tunisia vs Namibia reaction live from AFCON below!

Tunisia vs Namibia highlights

  • GOAL! Hotto pops up late to seal historic Namibia win

Match report

19:35 , George Flood

Namibia made history by stunning Tunisia to record their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations win.

Deon Hotto popped up with an 89th-minute header from close range in Monday's entertaining Group E opener for the impressive Brave Warriors, who continued a theme of upsets during the initial stages of the latest AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast.

It follows Cape Verde's stunning last-gasp victory over Ghana on Sunday, with seven-time winners Egypt also having needed a late penalty to avoid a shock loss to Mozambique.

Nigeria and Algeria were also held by Equatorial Guinea and Angola respectively in their opening matches as the bigger nations continue to struggle early on.

Read the match report in full here


Tunisia 0-1 Namibia

19:27 , George Flood

Let the celebrations begin!

Tunisia 0-1 Namibia

19:25 , George Flood

Here is the moment that will go down in Namibian football history...

Tunisia 0-1 Namibia

19:00 , George Flood





Tunisia 0-1 Namibia

18:53 , George Flood

93 mins: GOAAA... NO!

Namibia think they've sealed it as the excellent Hotto scores again, but this time he's flagged offside.

Tunisia survive, but they are almost out of time.

Tunisia 0-1 Namibia

18:53 , George Flood

90 mins: Achouri can't fashion a late chance for an equaliser as we enter five minutes of added time in Korhogo.

He's now replaced by Bassem Srarfi.

GOAL! Tunisia 0-1 Namibia | Deon Hotto 89'

18:49 , George Flood


A sublime deep cross from the left is headed home by Hotto from close range.

What a moment! Namibia are just minutes away from their first EVER win at AFCON.


Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:48 , George Flood

87 mins: Tunisia are rocking late on here as a Namibia corner falls to Petrus, whose first-time volley goes wide off the face of Maaloul, who didn't know too much about it.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:46 , George Flood

85 mins: An in-swinging free-kick from the right of the box from Hotto is tipped over by Ben Said!

What a moment that would have been for Namibia.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:43 , George Flood

83 mins: Sheffield United midfielder Ben Slimane is heading off for Tunisia.

On comes Sayfallah Ltaief.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:42 , George Flood

81 mins: Namibia now fire wide as both sides push desperately for a late winner in Korhogo.

More changes are coming from both managers.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:41 , George Flood

80 mins: Kazapua saves Namibia again by tipping Msakni's close-range header over the crossbar after a hooked ball from Jouini.

Msakni then heads wide from the resulting corner.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:39 , George Flood

77 mins: A Namibia corner from the left is punched high into the air in uncertain fashion by Ben Said.

Namibia then appeal for a penalty for alleged handball on the deck by Laidouni, but in the end it's Shalulile who is whistled for handling it.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:36 , George Flood

75 mins: Msakani picks out Ben Slimane, but he mis-controls it and the chance is lost.

Into the final 15 minutes we go in Korhogo, with the scoreline still yet to be breached.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:34 , George Flood

73 mins: Namibia are going for this I think with another attacker sent on in Bethuel Muzeu.

Looks like two up top now for the Brave Warriors.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:32 , George Flood

70 mins: Namibia are wasteful on the counter and here come Tunisia again, Kazapua saving low from Achouri before the second cooling break.

Surely there's a winner to come here?

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:30 , George Flood

68 mins: Tunisia so close again as a superb free-kick delivery from wide on the left from Maaloul is glanced agonisingly wide of the far post by Talbi.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:26 , George Flood

63 mins: End to end once again as Kazapua races out to deny Tunisia! That was a crucial clearance.

Now Namibia counter and Hotto and Prins Tjiueza combine to tee up Shalulile, who just hesitates before letting fly and Wajdi Kechrida can block.

Despite the lack of goals, this is one of the most entertaining games of the tournament so far.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:23 , George Flood

61 mins: Shitembi is heading off for Namibia now.

On comes Ngero Katua in a bid to shore up the midfield by head coach Collin Benjamin.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:19 , George Flood

57 mins: Another chance falls to Jouini, who fires wide again after a couple of headers inside the box.

Namibia are starting to live a bit dangerously now as Tunisia crank up the pressure before the hour mark.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:16 , George Flood

54 mins: It's end-to-end stuff again and the chances are falling thick and fast now, with first-half substitute Jouini lashing a low left-footed effort wide of the far post for Tunisia.

Not sure how this is still 0-0, but it is.

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Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:12 , George Flood

50 mins: How have Namibia not taken the lead there?!

Iimbondi pulls back to Shalulile, who looks set to finish but somehow Montassar Talbi is able to turn it past the post at the last second.

One huge chance each for both sides at the start of this second half.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:08 , George Flood

46 mins: Tunisia have replaced Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane with Union Berlin's Aissa Laidouni at half-time.

A fast start to the second period from them too, with an immediate ambitious long-range effort followed by a glancing Msakni header from Maaloul's corner that is parried to safety by Kazapua.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

18:05 , George Flood

The teams have returned to the pitch at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium.

The second half will be underway shortly.

I daresay Tunisia boss Jalel Kadri will have given his players a rollicking at the inverval.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:55 , George Flood

So all square at the break in Korhogo.Namibia much the better side so far, but without a goal to show for their impressive efforts.Tunisia yet to get going. A really disappointing first half from them.

Are we on for another sizeable early AFCON shock?


Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:51 , George Flood


Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:50 , George Flood

48 mins: Another attempt from Namibia striker Shalulile before the interval, but it's off target.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:49 , George Flood

47 mins: Amutenya barges into the back of Jouini, leaving the Tunisian substitute down in a heap.

He's back on his feet but the Eagles of Carthage can't make anything happen from the free-kick.

Such a disappointing first half from them.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:47 , George Flood

46 mins: Four minutes of added time to be played at the end of this first half.

Another deep free-kick swung into the box, this time from the right by Hotto, causes more panic in the Tunisian defence, but they just about get it clear.

Namibia look very dangerous indeed from set-pieces today.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:46 , George Flood

45 mins: Hanamub's latest dangerous free-kick delivery from the left is repelled by a Tunisian head inside the box as half-time looms.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:44 , George Flood

42 mins: Tunisia are temporarily down to 10 men as Achouri heads off for more treatment.

Interesting goalkeeping from Ben Said as he comes racing miles out of his area to clear a long ball into touch.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:43 , George Flood

40 mins: A cross from Achouri ricochets back off Amutenya, hitting the Tunisia winger square in the face.

Blood is trickling from the nose and he'll need to be patched up as Tunisia try to work a late first-half corner.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:41 , George Flood

38 mins: Tunisia look really nervy at the back at times as a sluggish clearance is charged down.

Head coach Jalel Kadri cuts a concerned figure on the touchline.

Nowhere near good enough from his side so far.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:38 , George Flood

35 mins: The fleet-footed Elias Achouri twists and turns out on the left flank, causing a lot of trouble for Nyambe.

It doesn't lead to anything, but Tunisia need to get the FC Copenhagen winger on the ball much more here.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:36 , George Flood

34 mins: Yassine Meriah makes a critical intervention to prevent Petrus' probing pass from reaching the dangerous Hotto.

Namibia quickly come again through Hotto, who is having a super first half.

Another nervy moment for Ben Said, but Tunisia eventually clear their lines.

The better football in this game is definitely being played by Namibia so far, no question.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:33 , George Flood

29 mins: Another chance for Namibia!

Hanamub's wicked free-kick from the left is misjudged by Tunisia goalkeeper Ben Said, but Shalulile is unable to turn it goalwards at the back post.

Another let-off for Tunisia in this first half.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:27 , George Flood

25 mins: Tunisia flip a switch and suddenly open up the Namibia defence, but Aprocius Petrus is there to thwart Ali Maaloul and concede a corner.

It comes to nothing, however, and we'll now have the first of two scheduled drinks breaks.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:25 , George Flood

22 mins: What a chance for Namibia to take a shock lead!

Shalulile nutmegs the defender and Hotto tries to tee up Absalom Iimbondi, but they aren't quite on the same page and the ball rolls out agonisingly for a goal kick.

That would surely have been the opening goal if he'd anticipated the pass a bit better.

Some really encouraging signs for the Brave Warriors so far.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:22 , George Flood

20 mins: Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane gets into the box for Tunisia and tries to tee up a golden chance, but Namibia make a crucial last-ditch clearance.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:20 , George Flood

18 mins: Physical stuff in midfield from both sides at the moment, with Namibia pressing well and winning the ball back.

Unfortunately Petrus Shitembi's long-range pass is overhit and sails behind for a goal kick.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:16 , George Flood

15 mins: Taha Khenissi is down hurt here for Tunisia and won't be able to continue.

He's replaced by Haythem Jouini.

An early blow for the Eagles of Carthage.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:15 , George Flood

12 mins: An acrobatic effort from Namibia from the edge of the box following a free-kick does not come close to testing Ben Said.

Full marks for creativity, though.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:12 , George Flood

10 mins: It's end-to-end stuff early on in Korhogo, with Tunisia blasting an effort on target from just outside the box.

Feel like there are goals in this one.


Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:10 , George Flood

8 mins: This is impressive stuff from Namibia, who force a couple of great chances in quick succession.

They are in down the left and again it's Shalulile who is teed up by Deon Hotto and denied by Ben Said, before the follow-up attempt is headed clear.

An early warning for Tunisia not to underestimate the Brave Warriors.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:09 , George Flood

6 mins: After that early flurry of corners from Tunisia, Namibia are trying to get their foot on the ball now and shake off any nerves.

A cross from the right is aimed in towards star striker and captain Peter Shalulile, who drills a half-volley straight at goalkeeper Bechir ben Said.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:05 , George Flood

3 mins: A fast start from Tunisia as they look to get on the ball, move it quickly and assert their dominance early.

They earn a trio of quick-fire corners, Aprocius Petra heading behind for the latest that has to be parried away by Namibia goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua following a glancing header from Taha Yassine Khenissi.

Strong save.

Tunisia 0-0 Namibia

17:03 , George Flood

Tunisia are all in white this afternoon, with Namibia donning red and green.

The officiating team are from Kenya.

Tunisia vs Namibia

17:02 , George Flood

Underway in Korhogo!

Will 2004 winners Tunisia avoid becoming the latest high-profile side to fall victim to an Africa Cup of Nations upset against the minnows from Group E?

A reminder that Namibia have never previously won a game at AFCON...

Tunisia vs Namibia

16:55 , George Flood

Here come the teams in Korhogo, where half the pitch at this 20,000-capacity venue - named after the late former Ivory Coast Prime Minister - is bathed in sunshine ahead of kick-off.

Time for the national anthems!

Tunisia vs Namibia

16:48 , George Flood

The atmosphere is building nicely as we prepare to get AFCON Group E underway at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo, northern Ivory Coast.

Both nations represented in the stands.


Derby's Ryan Nyambe starts for Namibia

16:31 , George Flood

As expected, Namibia's starting lineup includes Derby defender Ryan Nyambe.

Record scorer and Mamelodi Sundowns star Peter Shalulile carries the weight of the goal burden in attack.

Of Namibia's starting XI, only Nyambe, Aprocius Petrus, Petrus Shitembi and Prins Tjiueza currently ply their club trade outside of Africa.

Petrus and Tjiueza both play in Kosovo with Liria Prizren, while captain Shitembi plays in Malaysia with Kuching City.

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Sheffield United midfielder Anis Ben Slimane back for Tunisia

16:24 , George Flood

So Sheffield United midfielder Anis Ben Slimane returns to the Tunisia starting lineup this evening as expected after missing the recent World Cup qualifiers through injury.

Al Arabi forward Youssef Msakni captains the side up front, having scored in the 2-0 warm-up win over Cape Verde last week.

Msakni, 33, is out to score in a record-equalling sixth AFCON tournament and earns his 100th senior cap tonight.

As mentioned, there is no Hannibal Mejbri in Tunisia's AFCON squad after he elected to miss the tournament and instead focus on a key time in his club career, having since left Manchester United to join Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season.

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Namibia lineup

16:06 , George Flood

Starting XI: Kazapua, Nyambe, Amutenya, Haukongo, Tjiueza, Limbondi, Shitembi, Petrus, Hanamub, Shalulile, Hotto

Subs: Haoseb, Gebhardt, Hambira, Katua, Kambato, Muzeu, Kamatuka, Papama, Ndisiro, Wendell, Kamberipa, Maova

Tunisia lineup

16:04 , George Flood

Starting XI: Ben Said, Kechrida, Meriah, Talbi, Maaloul, Skhiri, Ben Romdhane, Ben Slimane, Achouri, Khenissi, Msakni

Subs: Laidouni, Haddadi, Ltaief, Srarfi, Valery, Sliti, Ghram, Hassen, Abdi, Rafia, Jouini

Tunisia vs Namibia

15:55 , George Flood

Official team news from the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium is on the way very shortly.

Stay tuned!

Tunisia vs Namibia

15:47 , George Flood

Tunisia boasted the meanest defence in AFCON qualifying, only conceding six times en route to topping a group that contained Equatorial Guinea, Botswana and Libya.

Namibia, by contrast, only netted six times as they beat Burundi to second place behind Cameroon - four of which were scored by Peter Shalulile.

So much rests on his shoulders if the Brave Warriors are to cause any upsets in what is a tough Group E on paper.

Namibia brush off 'underdogs' tag ahead of Tunisia test

15:33 , George Flood

Meanwhile, Namibia vice-captain and fifth all-time leading appearance maker Ananias Gebhardt had little time for discussion over their AFCON underdogs tag at the pre-match press conference.

“We don’t want to get lost in that underdog discussion in this competition," he said.

"There is a match to be played and we have to approach it as such.

"We will concentrate on what we can do. It will not be easy.

"We are playing against African giants and a team that is well recognised globally and is respected."

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Collin Benjamin: Peter Shalulile is 'generational player' for Namibia

15:22 , George Flood

Meanwhile, ahead of the game Namibia coach Collin Benjamin talked up the impact of captain and striker Peter Shalulile, a star in South Africa with Mamelodi Sundowns and set to earn his 50th Namibia cap tonight.

"We are blessed to have a generational player like Shalulile," he said.

"The numbers don’t lie. He’s been doing great for the past few seasons.

"He doesn’t have to say much but just the hard work he puts in every training session speaks volumes.

"He is very influential and is our captain. It’s great to have a player like Shalulile."

Shalulile is Namibia's leading scorer with 16 goals in 49 caps.

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Tunisia boss wary of underestimating Namibia after AFCON shocks

15:06 , George Flood

Having seen the likes of Mozambique and Cape Verde already spring upsets in the opening days at AFCON, as well as decent showings from the likes of Angola and Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia head coach Jalel Kadri has understandably warned his side against the perils of underestimating minnows Namibia in Korhogo this afternoon.

“Namibia is a serious opponent, and we don’t have any easy teams," he said.

"The results in the opening rounds have shown that there is no small team in Africa as we saw, so we need to show them respect and play to our best ability.

"The opening matches have shown that."

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He added: “We will try to go as far as possible. We have teams that are good quality so we will try to win each match and go as far as possible.

"We must be respectful to all opponents. There are Africa’s best teams that are present so ours is to do our best in every match and take it game by game."

Tunisia vs Namibia prediction

14:50 , George Flood

This should be a fairly straightforward opening match for Tunisia but it may not go entirely their way.

Tunisia to win, 1-0.

Namibia team news

14:49 , George Flood

Namibia's squad includes Ryan Nyambe, the former Blackburn and Wigan defender who now plays his club football at Derby.

Otherwise the former Hamburg midfielder Collin Benjamin's Brave Warriors squad is mostly made up of players who play across Africa, including Mamelodi Sundowns top scorer Peter Shalulile.

There are also players drawn from clubs in Kosovo and Malaysia.

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Tunisia team news

14:41 , George Flood

The major absentee for Tunisia at AFCON is Hannibal Mejbri, with the gifted young Manchester United midfielder choosing to focus on club matters instead this month having recently joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season.

"Hannibal told me that he did not feel ready for the Africa Cup of Nations because he is going through an important situation at his club," Tunisia boss Jalel Kadri said last month.

Tunisia are boosted by the return of Sheffield United midfielder Anis Ben Slimane following injury, though there was no room in the final 27-man tournament squad for experienced midfielder Ferjani Sassi or ex-Nottingham Forest full-back Mohamed Drager.


Where to watch Tunisia vs Namibia

14:37 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today's game will be televised live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.

Welcome to Tunisia vs Namibia live coverage

14:33 , George Flood

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's live coverage of Tunisia vs Namibia at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Group E gets underway at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo, where the Eagles of Carthage will be hoping to avoid adding their name to the list of early upsets already at this tournament before rivals Mali and South Africa clash later on.

The 2004 champions will be heavy favourites to brush aside a Namibia team that have never been beyond the AFCON group stage on three previous appearances at the finals, but as we've seen so far it's often far from plain sailing for the big hitters in this competition.

Kick-off is at 5pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest team news and live minute-by-minute updates of the game itself.

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