Hambira headed home from a Riaan Hanamub free-kick in added-on time to hand the Brave Warriors a deserving victory in their first ever outing at the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
Having had the best chance of the first half, a Dynamo Fredericks shot cleared on the line, the Namibians continued from where they left off in the second half pinning the Ivorians to their half.
Victory put Namibia at the top of Group B with three points, with Uganda due to face Zambia later at the same venue.
Total Man of the Match: Charles Vetunuavi (Namibia)
Ibrahim Kamara (Head Coach, Cote d’Ivoire)
This is not the kind of start we anticipated. We have started on a bad footing and we have to work harder in the next game. After a defeat, you have to let things go and we have to keep working to become more efficient in attack.
I don’t think we were too ambitious. Namibia is good team. We came into the game with a plan but we met a team who gave us a fierce demonstration of their capacities.
The Players tried everything but the opponents were organised at the back. We hope to come back stronger in the second match.
Ricardo Mannetti (Head Coach, Namibia)
This was the first competitive meeting between the two teams in over 20 years. Cote d’Ivoire beat us (4-3) at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations when I was player. It is very emotional and sentimental for the people of Namibia that we beat Cote d’Ivoire in a our first game at the CHAN.
If you are making a first appearance at a tournament and you are up against a team like Cote d’Ivoire, you have to respect them. However respect is not equal to fear.
We played a certain technique because we are of the opinion that we can control the game without the ball. At some point, we controlled the game without the ball, it was our tactic and it worked perfectly for us.
Our objective remains to get out of the group stage.
We have handled hurdle number one. I will allow the players to have their moment in the sun for one day and after it will be back to work for the next game.
To Namibians, victory against Cote d’Ivoire and the way we played gives a lot of people hope. It has given the coaches back home lots of hope and makes every Namibians so proud.
It will be tough for the players after this tournament because expectation will be so high as fans will expect nothing less than a good performance
Charles Vetunuavi (Total man of the Match)
I’m very happy to score to the winning goal, which is my first ever goal for Namibia. I don’t know what to say now. We did not believe we could as the game was almost over.