Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie insisted that he could not lay the blame for the squad's exit from the ICC T20 World Cup at the feet of his fellow players.

Namibia defeated the Irish team by eight wickets in the final winner-takes-all group match on Friday in Sharjah to qualify for the Super 12's stage of the competition.

The result also means a place in the next World Cup is not guaranteed for Ireland and the team will be forced to qualify again, having not reached the main draw since 2012.

"We know how good our two lads up top (Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien, who put on 62) are and it's disappointing today that we couldn't back it up," Balbirnie said.

"What I will say is that it wasn't an easy wicket to come in and score from a run a ball, obviously David Wiese came in and did just that but he's obviously a powerful player.

"But I can't fault the guys, the way they've trained and worked to this point, I'm not going to sit down and blame the middle order. We've come a long way but I think we've got to find that consistency and hopefully we can do that."

Meanwhile, Namibia head coach Pierre De Bruyn said he was "ecstatic" for his players after their victory and qualification for the main draw.

"Looking forward to this next stage, it's ultimately a dream that's come true for these players," De Bruyn said.

"They were seven- or six-year-old boys dreaming of playing against India or Pakistan in a World Cup and it's happened.

"We're going to have a nice bus journey back to our hotel and for me, that dream has come true for these players.

"All they had the last few years until now was to watch these guys on TV and dream about it and they're going to wake up in the morning thinking it's real and I'm just so pleased for them."

Namibia had just three full-time contracted players when they were awarded ICC status in 2019 and were able to hand out 16 professional deals.

"I mean we're ecstatic, I've got to remind myself what just happened out there but it happened to a really good group of people," the head coach said.

"We're not an organisation with the luxury of a lot of resources around us. I've got 18 players to pick from in my national squad and I know what they've put in the last three years and what happened out there today.

"I suppose it sounds like a cliche saying the hard work has paid off but it really did and I'm ecstatic for the boys."