After Niger, Malawi and Zambia awaits Warriors
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has secured two preparations games for the Brave Warriors ahead of the COSAFA Cup tie against Botswana on 18 June as they host Malawi on 08 June and visit Zambia on 12 June for international friendly matches.
With the team in camp focused on their 2017 CAF AFCON Qualifier against Niger on Saturday, Sam Nujoma stadium, 16h00, Coach Ricardo Mannetti reveals that his team will play two friendly games ahead of the crunch COSAFA Castle Cup Quarterfinal tie against Botswana on 18 June which can only be great for momentum.
“I spoke about it before; momentum is key going into Cosafa cup. We play Niger on Saturday and then play Malawi on 8 June and Zambia on 12 June which can only be good for our match fitness and for us to be well oiled going into the Botswana match. Doing well against Botswana is important, but we need to take all the necessary steps. Starting with Niger we need to win and keep playing well and getting results in the friendlies as well.” Mannetti outlines.
Bottom of Group K on three points in the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers, Namibia host Niger on Saturday, 16h00 and match tickets are in fact going for N$ 40 at all Computicket outlets. Namibia need to win and hope Burundi lose to group leaders Senegal for the Brave Warriors to take serious aim at second place ahead of the final group game at Senegal in September.
“Finishing second is a priority for this team. We have come a long way and with Senegal already underlining their class in the group, battle for second place is what remains and we have a shot to make it. We have to keep our focus and eye on the ball at all times and go for three points. We need to score as much as possible as well and I’m confident the boys can pull it off if we start off well. Niger will be tricky as they also need the points, so it will indeed be tight and entertaining game”, says Mannetti.
Mannetti will by Friday morning select the match-day 18 from the 25 men squad. Here are the 25 players in camp: David Peterson (Tigers), Max Mbaeva (Golden Arrows), Da costa Angula (Free State Stars), Chris Katjiukua (Golden Arrows) Denzil Hoaseb (Black Africa), Tiberius Lombard (Tura Magic), Romario Ndjavera (Tigers), Ferdinand Karongee (Tigers), Edmund Kambanda( UNAM), Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), Oswaldo Xamseb (Tura Magic), Deon Hotto (Golden Arrows), Dynamo Fredericks (Black Africa), Hendrick Somaeb (Free State Stars),Willy Stephanus(Black Africa), Absalom Iimbondi(Tigers), Immanuel Heita (Black Africa), Terdius Uiseb (Orlando Pirates), Roger katjiteo (Black Africa), Larry Horaeb (Tura Magic), Peter Shalulile (Highland Park, SA), Ananias Gebhardt (Black Africa) and Patience Gaseb (Mighty Gunners), Wangu Gome (Bidvest Wits) and Benson Shilongo (Gaborone United).