12 Jul 2013 09:10
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) ? The Namibian national team alias the ?Brave Warriors? are doing well in their preparations for the upcoming Council of Southern African Football Associations? (COSAFA) Cup quarter-final game against South Africa, which takes place in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday.
The Brave Warriors left for Zambia last week, and already defeated Mauritius by 2-1 and Seychelles by 4-2 in their two group stage games.
A media release issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA)?s media officer Dan Kamati on Friday quoted Brave Warriors? captain Da Costa Angula as saying that the team is focused on winning against Bafana Bafana (The Boys).
?We are preparing very well for the next game, and we remain with our goal of winning this cup. At the moment, the players remain focused on doing well and come Saturday, we hope our plan will come together and we will win the game,? he enthused.
Angula is also satisfied with his teammates, as they?ve made Namibia the first nation to qualify for the quarter-final stage.
?We are playing well these days. We are creating chances, and scoring at the same time. It is not easy playing against other nations, but we always keep true to our game and use our strength, which is speed, very well. The players are enjoying themselves, and that is good for the team,? he added.
He then urged Namibians to have faith in the team, adding that as a team, they are fighting with pride.
?We continue to need best wishes and support from our fellow Namibians. We know the nation demands victories, and we are working very hard to get them, and so far so good,? he stressed.
Meanwhile, the team played a low-key friendly game against a local side in Lusaka on Wednesday, where coach Ricardo Mannetti gave all the players a run.
He also indicated that he is happy with the progress of Willy Stephanus, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.
?He (Willy) had a run, and he is getting there. He needs three more days perhaps to fully recover, and we will not force him back. Otherwise, everyone else is ready to go, and that is always pleasing to a coach,? said coach Mannetti.
The Brave Warriors marched into the quarter-finals by topping Group A after their 2-1 and 4-2 victories against Mauritius and Seychelles respectively, and will face South Africa on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off set for 14h30 Namibian time.
The COSAFA Cup started on 02 July, and ends on 20 July this year.