Namibian coach Ricardo Mannetti has dedicated their 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast at the on going CHAN tournament in Morocco to the late Zambian coach Ben Bamfuchile who guided the Brave Warriors to their second AFCON appearance in 2008 but died three weeks before the start of the tournament.
Namibia has only been to Afcon twice. Their first appearance was in 1998 in Burkina Faso, and their second and last ever came under the guidance of Bamfuchile in a 2008 edition hosted by Egypt.
“ Ben helped us a lot and ensured that we believe in ourselves to compete again after the last time we played in Africa in 1998 and so ten years later we are here again, continental football. So we remember him”, Mannetti said.
By the end of the 2008 African Nations Cup qualification campaign, Namibia had won their group and Bamfuchile became a hero after he led the Namibians to a 3–2 victory over Ethiopia.
Bamfuchile died at a clinic in Kitwe on 27 December 2007 just 3 weeks before the start of the 2008 African Cup of Nations leaving behind a wife Tina and 6 children. At his burial FAZ President Teddy Mulonga described him as a hero who achieved his goals.
In his coaching career, Bamfuchile is also remembered of winning almost all Zambian silverware with Nkana in 1992. He also coached Swaziland and South African clubs before returning to his native country and guided Zambia to the 2000 Afcon. He also coached Power Dynamos where he won the Coca Cola and Mosi Cups.
The Warriors of Namibia will now plan for their game against Uganda on 18 January at the Grand Stade Marrakesh and conclude group stage action with a clash against neighbors Zambia on 22 January in Casablanca. The top two teams in the group will advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 CHAN finals.
Zambia beat Uganda 3-1 to go top of group B with Namibia second, both on three points and on Thursday, Zambia wil start against Ivory Coast and Namibia will then play Uganda at 21h00 at Marrakesh.