Katjiukua joins Warriors for vital AFCON Qualifier

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Ricardo Mannetti has announced this morning that Chris Katjiukua will be among the 26 men to prepare for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifications match against Guinea Bissau on 17 November at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

This marks Katjiukua’s return to the national team after being absent for two years. Katjiukua comes in to substitute Denzil Haoseb who received a red card in Namibia’s match against Mozambique that hey won 1-0.

“We still want to stand with the discipline issue in the team. It is very important that there is respect within the team, for technical team, other players and for the jersey. Chris convinced me that he is willing to come on board under those terms, so we called him up.” Mannetti stated.

He added that it is vital to move on from the past, especially when a player realizes where they went wrong, and how they want to correct themselves. katjiukua was left out for the 2016 Cosafa Senior challenge due to I'll discipline.

The Warriors’ mentor also disclosed that having the same points with Guinea Bissau means they have to pull extra weigh to guarantee that they win this home game, only leaving them with Zambia to deal with. He however stated that they have created so much depth and quality in the team that he believes it will give them the extra boost they need.

“I don’t expect complacency. Every player wants to be part of this game and make history. In our last match, we had so much potential on the bench, if a player is to become complacent, the potential on the bench will be his wake up call.” Mannetti said.

Namibia and Guinea Bissau are leading in their respective group K with 7 points each followed by Mozambique and Zambia each with four points.

Mannetti also pleaded with the Namibian nation, to join the national team players in ignoring the football politics going around, and rather keep their eye on the ball.

“These politics are not a new thing, they have been on going, but when we are not distracted by what’s happening in the boardrooms and keep our eyes firmly on the ball, the players do the same, and that’s the beauty of football.”

A #keepyoureyeontheball has since gone viral on social media platforms.

Squad consists of:

Maximillian Mbaeva, Virgil Vries, Lloydt Kazapua, Chris Katjiukua, Larry Horaeb,Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Emilio Martin, Vitapi Ngaruka, Riaan Hanamub, Ananias Gebhardt, Dynamo Fredericks, Petrus Shitembi, Ronald Ketjijere, Wangu Babtista Gome, Absalom Iimbondi, Deon Hotto, Willy Stephanus, Marcel Papama, Hendrick Somaeb ,Muna Katupose, Sadney Urikhob ,Benson Shilongo, Itamunua Keimuine,Peter Shalilule.