Fans of African football can watch live online Sunday as Guinea host Namibia in the second leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, as both teams fight to advance to the group stage of the African regional qualifying round, and the possibility of a first World cup berth.
Neither country has ever made an appearance on international football’s biggest stage, but at least on paper there remains a huge gap between the two teams, and Guinea appears poised to make a run at getting into the 2018 tournament, to be held in Russia. But first they will need to protect a slim 1-0 lead over the Namibia Brave Warriors, a lead they managed to secure in the first leg of the two-legged tie just three days before the Sunday match.
Watch a preview of the Guinea vs. Namibia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in the video above, on this page, courtesy of Namibia’s One Africa Television.
Playing at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday, Guinea made a 28th-minute breakthrough on a goal by 20-year-old Red Bull Salzburg midfielder, Naby Keita, and then fought to protect the slim lead throughout the remainder of the game.
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Guinea is ranked 53 in the world on the FIFA rankings table, while Namibia sits well below that slot in the 188 position.
Guinea also made their way into the knockout stages of the African Nations Cup earlier this year after putting together an unbeaten run in the AfCON group stage — only to be eliminated in the quarterfinals by Ghana.
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To find out how to watch the Guinea vs. Namibia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match live online, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. The match is scheduled for 9 p.m. local time at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco, on Sunday, November 15.
For viewers in the United States, start time will be 2 p.m. Eastern Time, 11 a.m. Pacific.
The match is being played in Morocco due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Guinea, preventing the team from hosting matches in their home country.
“I know we dominated play in the first half, and in the second half we played most of the game in the opponents’ half but we could just not score and that is really disappointing if you are playing at home,” Namibia Coach Ricardo Manetti told The Namibian newspaper on Friday.
“I just want to tell the nation that these same players can still do us proud in Morocco, because the football we displayed here can still be repeated in Morocco which will be on neutral ground,” Manetti said.
Guinea Head Coach said that although he was happy with the win on Thursday, he felt his team was outplayed in the possession game, and felt slightly nervous about playing on the neutral turf of Morocco.
“This is the first time most of our players played on artificial turf and they found it very hard and difficult to play their game as planned. Going into our second game, it is still going to be harder since we are not playing at home,” Fernandez said.
The winner on aggregate of the two-legged tie advances to the third round, which will be played in a round-robin format with 20 countries divided into five groups of four teams each. The first-place team in each group wins a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but Namibia faces a difficult road, needing to win Sunday’s game by two goals to survive.
Sunday’s Guinea vs. Namibia African regional 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying second-leg match will be carried by the Qatar-based international sports network beIn Sports. Subscribers can watch live online using beIn Connect at this link. But there is a legal, free option to watch the crucial World Cup qualifier live online. BeIn Sports is part of the Sling TV International Sports package, which costs $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To access the Sling TV free live sports offer, visit this link. Another list of links to watch live online can be found here.
[Featured Photo by Themba Hadebe / Associated Press]