Brave Warriors aim for CHAN semi-final spot

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Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - Namibia’s local based-national team Brave Warriors are hoping to reach the semi-finals of the African National Championships (CHAN) to be held later this year in Cameroon.

This is according to coach Bobby Samaria in reaction to the CHAN draw, which was held on Monday ahead of the tournament scheduled for the West African nation between 4-25 April.

The Brave Warriors were drawn in Group D alongside fellow southerners Tanzania and Zambia as well as Guinea, and Samaria said the aim is to first qualify from the group and go a step further compare to last time’s achievements when the team bowed out at the quarterfinals stage of the same competition in 2018.

Bobby Samaria said the team will go to Cameroon to try and emulate the achievements of the previous appearance and improve on it.

“We go there to show Africa that we have learned a lot over the years. It will be a test of character and we need go and give our best for the country.”

At the tournament, Namibia will open their campaign against Guinea before facing Tanzania and concluding the group with tie against neighbours Zambia.

 “We remain the underdogs yet again. We don’t have an active league and we not known to be a force within Africa. We will try and do better than the last time and like all the nations there, we will try to go as far as possible,” said Samaria.

Namibia and Zambia are familiar with each other having been in the same group in the 2018 edition and their clash this year could decide who qualifies from the group.

“Hopefully by the time we play them, we have qualified for the next round. Guinea and Tanzania will be tough games for us, they have strong leagues and they have eliminated powerhouses, so we will not take them lightly at all,” said Samaria. 

 

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