Pundits argue that the Brave Warriors of ‘98 holds the place of the strongest national team Namibia has ever seen over recent decades.
The team however, failed to make it to the second round of the African Nations Cup after losing 4-3 to Ivory Coast and going down 4-1 to South Africa.
The team managed a 3-3 draw against Angola in that competition.
The Brave Warriors finished as runners up in the COSAFA Castle Cup in 1997 and again in 1999.
Current Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said, “The team we had was like one big family and we respected our jersey.
“Many of us came from the under-23 side and so we knew each other very well and that is why we played good football.
“The fans during those years were very passionate and they gave us the desire to play for them and for our country.
“We were disciplined and respected each other on and off the pitch. It really made the team very strong,” Mannetti said
Mannetti played for the national team from 1997 up until 2006 and is described by many as one of the greatest midfielders to ever have come out of Namibia. He has 66 caps for the national team.
His compatriot, and another legend in Namibian football, Congo Hindjou, shares the same views as his former colleague.
“The Class of ‘98 was a great team and we all felt like we were one big family and that is what kept us going.
“We were very strong in all positions and we were filled with the desire to succeed and win games.
“I am proud to have represented my country at big tournaments and I believe [those are] moments I will forever cherish.”
The midfielder remains the Brave Warriors most capped player with 69 caps for his country and also scorer of the first international goal for the national team.
The Class of ‘98 head coach also agreed with the views of his former players and added that his charges possessed natural talent.
“The players I coached were very committed and they had the talent required for a national team.
“They could start training on their own even before the coaching crew had arrived on the soccer pitch.
“We could easily interact with each other because the players had respect for the coaching staff.
“They would even run a hundred times around the field if you had asked them to because they had the desire to win,” Mogane said.
Player Names of 98
Coach: Ruston Mogane
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Fillemon Kanalelo 23 May 1971 (aged 26) Mamelodi Sundowns
2 DF Petrus Haraseb 1 June 1968 (aged 29) Liverpool
3 DF Sylvanus Njambari 28 August 1974 (aged 23) Black Africa
4 MF Frans Ananias 1 December 1972 (aged 25)= Penzberg
5 DF Bimbo Tjihero 1 December 1969 (aged 28) Liverpool
6 MF Silvester Goraseb 7 September 1974 (aged 23) Black Africa
7 MF Sandro De Gouveia 28 July 1968 (aged 29) Blue Waters
8 FW Gervatius Uri Khob 3 April 1972 (aged 25) Chief Santos
9 FW Ruben Van Wyk 16 June 1976 (aged 21) Liverpool
10 MF Ricardo Mannetti 24 April 1975 (aged 22) Santos
11 FW Berlin Auchumeb 9 January 1974 (aged 24) Chief Santos
12 MF Mohammed Ouseb 17 July 1974 (aged 23) Chief Santos
13 DF Simon Uutoni 10 February 1970 (aged 27) Liverpool
14 DF Stanley Goagoseb 7 March 1967 (aged 30) Civics
15 MF Johannes Hindjou 8 November 1976 (aged 21) Liverpool
16 GK Petrus Andjamba 4 July 1973 (aged 24) Tigers
17 DF Robert Nauseb 23 August 1973 (aged 24) Civics
18 FW Eliphas Shivute 27 September 1974 (aged 23) Motherwell
19 DF Phillip Gariseb 6 September 1973 (aged 24) Penzberg
20 FW Fillemon Angula (N/A) Oshakati City
21 GK Danzyl Bruwer 5 November 1976 (aged 21) Civics
22 MF Johannes Jossop (N/A) Black Africa