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Namibia midfielder Sydney Plaatjies says late coach Ben Bamfuchile will be at the forefront of the team's thoughts at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The 47-year-old Zambian, who masterminded Namibia's shock qualification for Ghana, died of an illness on December 27.
"We're doing it for him," the left-winger, 26, told BBC Sport.
"Obviously we're doing it for the country as well, but I think we all have that in mind.
"He contributed a lot for Namibia and for all of us as individual players."
On his appointment in 2006, Bamfuchile scoured Namibia for emerging talent and unearthed most of the squad that will contest Group A.
In tragic circumstances, the Brave Warriors must do without their inspirational coach when they take on rivals Morocco, Ghana and Guinea.
Dutchman Arie Schans, who was selected to assist Bamfuchile last month, has now taken the reins but only met his squad for the first time on January 3.
"Our biggest opponent is time," said Schans.
"Ghana will have started before I have the chance to know the players.
"Of course, it's an almost impossible situation to do it this way but we're looking forward to being there."
Schans has had only two friendlies to watch his players in action, both of which ended in defeat - losing 3-0 to Egypt and 3-1 to Senegal.
Bamfuchile's death means a man who knew nothing about Namibian football six weeks ago will lead the team in Ghana, a country he has never visited.
"When the Namibians contacted me through the Dutch football association [last month], I must be honest and say I didn't know anything about Namibian football," he admits.
"My biggest dream for the tournament is that we can make one big surprise.
"And in my view, a big surprise would be to win one match out there."
And Plaatjies, who plays his club football for South Africa's Jomo Cosmos, is similarly realistic.
"Since we've got a young team, our objective is to go there for the experience, play against the big names in Africa and give our best."
Namibia open their campaign against Morocco in Accra on February 21. - BBC