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Preview: Namibia vs. Togo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's World Cup Qualifying - Africa clash between Namibia and Togo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Namibia and Togo draw the curtain on their World Cup 2022 qualifiers campaign when they go head to head at the Orlando Stadium on Monday.

After falling to a 1-0 defeat in September's reverse fixture, the visitors will be looking to get one over the hosts and bow out on a winning note.

Match preview

Namibia ended their run of two straight defeats last Thursday when they played out a 1-1 draw with Congo at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat.

Peter Shalulile continued his fine form in front of goal as he opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before Guy Mbenza netted for the second consecutive qualification game nine minutes after the interval to force a share of the spoils.

This followed successive losses at the hands of Senegal in October's double-header, where they scored two goals and conceded seven over two legs.

With five points from five games, Namibia are currently third in Group H, level on points with Monday's visitors and two above rock-bottom Congo.

Togo, on the other hand, continued in their resurgent form as they put on a fine all-round performance to hold high-flying Senegal to a 1-1 draw last time out.

In a thrilling contest at the Stade de Kegue, Togo appeared headed for all three points after Richard Nane broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time, but substitute Habib Diallo came up trumps for the Lions of Teranga as he netted in the 94th minute to force a share of the spoils.

This followed an impressive 2-1 victory away to Congo on October 12, when Euloge Fessou Placca and Kevin Denkey netted either side of Mbenza's 71st-minute equaliser.

After failing to pick up a point from their opening two games, Paulo Duarte's men head into Monday's game unbeaten in each of their most recent three, and this has been owing to their impressive turnaround at the attacking end of the pitch.

Namibia World Cup Qualifying - Africa form:
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

Namibia form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

Togo World Cup Qualifying - Africa form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D

Togo form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D

Team News

Elmo Kambindu scored the winner when the sides met in September and the Desportivo Costa Do Sol forward could lead the line for Namibia.

Shalulile is in the form of his life, netting 11 goals in his last 11 outings for club and country and the 28-year-old will definitely be one to look out for.

With 12 goals in 42 appearances, the Mamelodi Sundowns forward is currently second in the nation's all-time goalscoring chart and will be eyeing Rudolph Bester's record of 13.

Meanwhile, on the back of his side's solid display last time out, where they forced a share of the spoils against high-flying Senegal, Duarte could name a similar side on Monday.

Should that be the case, we could see an attacking trio of Hoffenheim forward Ihlas Bebou, Euloge Fessou Placca and Nane.

At the other end of the pitch, Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam could stand in at the heart of the back four with Wassiou Ouro-Gneni starting between the sticks.

Namibia possible starting lineup:
Kazapua; Nyambe, Haukongo, Hambira, Petrus; Haoseb, Handura, Katjiteo, Hotto; Kamatuka, Shalulile

Togo possible starting lineup:
Ouro-Gneni; Atte, Dakonam, Agbozo, Tchoutchoui; Romao, Denkey, Akate; Nane, Bebou, Placca

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We say: Namibia 1-1 Togo

After stumbling into the qualifiers with two straight defeats, Togo have found their rhythm late on and head into Monday's game unbeaten in their last three outings. With nothing to play for, pride will be on the line in this one and while Namibia will be looking to compete the group double over the visitors, we anticipate the spoils will be shared in this one.

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