Brave Warriors ready for Comoros
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – The Brave Warriors are ready for their clash against the Comoros in the third round qualification of the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) on Sunday, team captain Ronald Ketjijere has said.
Speaking to Nampa at the team’s final training session on Friday at the Namibia Football Association’s Technical Centre, Katjijere warned against complacency from his team mates, echoing his coach’s words to avoid over confidence.
“We have to get a favourable result in Moroni to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves. As a team we are ready, preparations went well and we are raring to go,” he said.
The captain emphasised that the spirit in the camp is high, with all players looking forward to the game.
He said they are aware that their opponents are playing at home, hence they pose a threat as they will come out guns blazing, with the aim of winning the first leg.
“They are under pressure, they want to qualify as bad as we want to, they have made it this far, so why should we underestimate them?” asked ‘Stigga’ as he is popularly known by Brave Warriors’ fans.
He added that as much as they are aware how close they are to qualifying for the 2018 Chan tournament in Kenya, they are taking it one game at time.
Meanwhile, Coach Ricardo Mannetti said they are all set for the Comoros match, with preparations having gone well.
“I expect the players to give a good account of themselves,” he said.
He added that the team is ready to qualify as they have shown growth with every game, which will lead to a good result for Namibia.
Mannetti is taking a 20-member squad with one change from the team that knocked Zimbabwe out. Goalkeeper Charles Uirab is replacing the injured Loydt Kazapua.
The two teams meet in Moroni for the first leg on Sunday, while the return leg is scheduled for Windhoek next weekend.
The fifth edition of Chan will run from 11 January to 02 February 2018 in Kenya.