Do or die for Brave Warriors

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Timo Shihepo

Namibia’s national football team, the Brave Warriors, have their work cut out as they take on Madagascar in the second leg of the Chan qualifiers – a game, which will determine a team that will book a ticket to the Chan finals in Cameroon next year.

The Brave Warriors lost 0-1 in Antananarivo a fortnight ago to set-up a mouthwatering clash at the Sam Nujoma Stadium tomorrow.

In an effort to win the match, interim coach Bobby Samaria roped in former University of Pretoria Football Club glovesman, Edward Maova, and the former Bidvest Wits and Cape Umoya midfielder, Wangu Gome.

Both Gome and Maova have signed for Civics – meaning that they are eligible to play in the Chan tournament, which is eligible only for home-based players.

After Wednesday’s training, Samaria said that the team was faced with a difficult task because of the goal they conceded in Madagascar but the boys were on track and they were eager and willing to do better this time around.

“The boys really did well in Madagascar but the finishing is a serious concern, we created chances but couldn’t score. This week we have been focusing on finishing and scoring goals and we hope by Saturday that the boys will be well composed and not rush,” he said.

A win for Namibia will see the team participating in their second successive Chan tournament after the team reached the quarterfinal stage in its maiden Chan appearance in Morocco in 2018.

But things are now different as Ricardo Mannetti is no longer in charge of the team.

Nevertheless, Samaria said his team will do whatever it can for a win while adding that the team will have to do without key player, Larry Horaeb, because he obtained two yellow cards but the addition of Wangu Gome and Issackar Gurirab, who was injured during the first leg, will help shape the team.

 

 

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