No Zambia for Warriors

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The Brave Warriors will only engage 2013 AFCON hopefuls Morocco in an international Friendly following the cancellation of the Zambian Friendly encounter.

This news was revealed to www.nfa.org.na by the Namibia football Association (NFA) President John Muinjo following consultations with his counterpart of the Zambian Football Federation Kalusha Bwalya.

According to Muinjo, Kalusha has indicated that the Chipolopolo will not be able to play the Brave Warriors anymore as earlier planned due to their hectic schedule.

“They (Zambia) are citing a strenuous scheduling as the reason for the cancellation of the 15 January 2013 friendly in Nelspruit and Kalusha has indicated this to me. Their coach wants the final week before the Nations Cup to be used as a winding down period”.

Muinjo added that throughout the week he has been also trying to confirm a friendly with northern neighbours Angola who are also participating at the 2013 AFCON which kicks off on 19 January, but Angola too are reluctant.

“They (Angola) initially wanted to play us too but then they have decided not to play any more friendlies after 13 January. We play Morocco on 12 January and you can imagine how impossible that can be to play Angola, so now we just have to concentrate on Morocco and hope for other friendlies after the Nations Cup as the 2014 World Cup qualifiers takes centre-stage”, explained Muinjo.

The NFA President also added that it was understandable for teams to not entertain friendlies right just before the Nations Cup get under in South Africa on 19 January.

“ Normally teams would want to keep the spirit and morale of the team high, and they would not want to lose games before a big tournament like the AFCON as that will dampen their spirits, so we understand Angola and Zambia’s sentiments”.
The Warriors now flies out on Friday to Johannesburg to face Morocco in an international friendly match at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday, 12 January.