Do or die against Niger-Shalulile
The Brave Warriors view their 2017 AFCON Qualifiers game against Niger on Saturday as a do-or-die game in their quest to finish second in Group K of the Qualifiers with Senegal the Group leaders lying in wait in September in the final game.
Back in the fold to inspire the team to the much needed victory on Saturday, Highland Park striker Peter Shalulile says the team is well aware of the work at hand and will have to be lethal on Saturday.
“We blew it against Burundi at home last time out and now with Niger coming to town we have to be clinical in front of goal. It’s not only about playing well but importantly the goals we need to better ourselves. We are pushing for at least a second place finish in this group and Saturday game offer us that chance” Shalulile states.
The Warriors are bottom of the Group on three points, level with third placed Niger with Burundi in second place on six points and Senegal on top with 12 points.
The former Tura Magic midfielder adds that victory on Saturday will also instill believe in the nation to rally behind the team in their defense of the COSAFA Castle Cup that starts on 11 June with the Warriors only to play on 18 June against Botswana in the quarterfinals.
“Playing at home, we have been blowing hot and cold and its time we set the record straight ahead of Cosafa. We need the nation to support us and we need to show them that we can do it. The boys are ready to change the status quo and it is very important for us to have every Namibian behind us. This is our national team and we always do our best to win”, Shalulile indicates.
Shalulile joined the team on Monday and will feature for the Brave Warriors on Saturday against Niger, Sam Nujoma stadium, 15h00, before going back to Johannesburg on Sunday to join up with his club in preparations for the 11 June PSL promotional playoff match against University of Pretoria.
“I’m thankful that I was allowed to come play for my country and hopefully it can happen again for Cosafa cup. It give me so much energy and drive to do well all the time for my club and for my country because they both mean so much to me”, states Shalulile who might return for the Cosafa Botswana clash, depending on negotiations between his club and the NFA.
Tickets for the Niger match are on sale, N$ 40 each from Computicket outlets at Shoprite and Checkers countrywide.